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Man dies as investigation continues to see if Coquitlam RCMP actions were involved

BC Coroners Service is now conducting its own investigation to see how the man died — paralleling the police watchdog's own case.
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A man involved in a Coquitlam police incident this week has since died after being sent to hospital.

As a result, the BC Coroners Service has begun its own investigation into how he passed while the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) continues its own case to find out if police actions were involved.

In an update from B.C.'s police watchdog, the man passed today (Oct. 21) after he was admitted to hospital following a loss of consciousness during an arrest after 3 a.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 19).

That morning, a Coquitlam Mountie was approached to help find a man who was allegedly intoxicated with drugs and alcohol and left his home wearing just a T-shirt and underwear.

The man was found in a home in the 300 block of Balfour Drive "a short time later," where the officer heard a "banging" noise and saw him through the door. 

A second Mountie joined to help take the man into custody and while doing so, the IIO says, "a struggle reportedly ensued."

"After the man was handcuffed, he was noted to be in medical distress and officers provided assistance. Emergency Health Services arrived and transported the man to a local hospital for treatment."

The IIO is still investigating to see if police actions led to the man's injury, directly or indirectly.

No other information is being released at this time.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has information about the incident is encouraged to contact IIO at 1-855-446-8477 or go online to the provincial agency's website.