Penticton RCMP notify Independent Investigations Office after man dies in custody

THE RCMP have notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) after a man suffered a medical incident while in RCMP custody in Penticton.

Just after 7 a.m. on Thursday, Keremeos RCMP arrested a 55-year-old man during a traffic stop for outstanding warrants. The man was transported to the Penticton RCMP where he was lodged in a cell before being transported to court.

During a routine check conducted just after 9 a.m. the man was found unresponsive in his cell. Officers trying resuscitating him until paramedics arrived. The man was transported to a local area hospital but was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The IIO BC is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s death.

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