Death of man in police custody prompts independent investigation

IIO to determine what role, if any, police actions may have played

A man who was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly causing a disturbance was pronounced dead in his cell the next day at the Coquitlam RCMP detachment, prompting an investigation.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. will attempt to: “determine what role, if any, police actions may have played,” in the man’s death, according to a release from the IIO.

Coquitlam RCMP arrived at a residential building in the 600-block of Thompson Avenue just after 7:30 a.m. and eventually arrested the man outside the building for causing a disturbance, according to a statement from the RCMP.


The man was held in custody pending a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday. At 8:37 a.m. on Tuesday morning “the man was found to be unresponsive,” according to police.

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“Despite life-saving efforts by police, fire and [Emergency Health Services], the man could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead,” police stated.

The IIO is asking anyone with relevant information to call 1-855-446-8477 or to send a message via

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