IIO BC called to investigate in-custody death in Kelowna

In-custody death in Kelowna cells

IIO BC called to investigate in-custody death

The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia has been notified after a man was found unresponsive while lodged in a Kelowna RCMP cell.

“On March 31, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Kelowna RCMP were called to a single vehicle off-road collision with a tree on McCulloch Rd,” reads a press release from BC RCMP.

“Upon attendance, police initiated a criminal investigation and transported the 40-year-old driver to Kelowna Detachment; the man was subsequently transported to local hospital after complaining of pain.”

The man was medically cleared by hospital staff and he was booked into cell at 11:25 p.m.

On April 1 at 2:11 p.m. the man was found unresponsive.

“The assistance of Emergency Health Services was requested and RCMP members initiated CPR. Upon arrival, Emergency Health Services took over resuscitation efforts and the man was pronounced deceased shortly before 2.40 p.m.,” reads the release.

As per protocols, IIO BC was notified and they will now investigate if there is a connection between the man’s death and the actions of police. The RCMP has also initiated an Independent Officer Review of the incident as per existing policies.

Given the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information is being released by police at this time.

For information about the IIO BC and media updates you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca

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