B.C.’s police watchdog has cleared Kamloops Mounties of any wrongdoing in connection with the stabbing death of a man in the city’s West End last August.
On Aug. 1, 2020, police responded to a home on Clarke Street, where they found 39-year-old Paul Samuel Whitten suffering from serious stab wounds. He later died in hospital and police arrested 37-year-old Jason Holm, charging him with second-degree murder.
An investigation by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO) has since determined, upon review of the evidence, including independent witness statements and police records, that there is no connection between police actions and the events that occurred on Aug. 1, 2020.
According to the IIO, Kamloops Mounties had been looking for Holm on July 31, the day before Whitten died.
Officers visited Holm’s residence, which was near the home where Whitten was found, to check on him upon a request from a relative, but reported being unable to find him.
The IIO investigation is now concluded.
The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in B.C. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.
Holm remains in custody and is scheduled to have a pre-trial conference on July 22 ahead of a one-week preliminary inquiry set to begin on Sept. 20.