Independent investigation launched after man dies in Surrey RCMP cellblock

A man was found dead in a Surrey RCMP cell a day after being arrested during a domestic assault investigation

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An independent investigation has been launched after a man died while in a Surrey RCMP holding cell.

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Police say the man was arrested on Friday without incident following an alleged domestic assault and taken to the Surrey RCMP detachment cellblock.

“During regular checks of prisoners throughout the night, the man was responsive,” said Surrey RCMP in a statement on Monday. During a check on Saturday afternoon, officers noticed that the man had become unresponsive.

“First aid was immediately provided by officers and the on-shift nurse working in the cellblock,” the RCMP said. Paramedics were called but the man was pronounced dead.

The Independent Investigations Office of BC has been notified, and will look into “whether police actions contributed to his death.”

Police don’t release updates while an independent investigation is under way. Public reports become available at after a probe is complete, and the BC Prosecution Service follows-up if charges are recommended.

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