The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) is investigating the circumstances of a man’s death Tuesday morning (Jan. 18) while he was in a Coquitlam jail cell.
The man was arrested Monday after RCMP responded to reports of a disturbance at a Burquitlam residential building in the 600-block of Thompson Avenue.
BC RCMP spokesperson S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said the man was arrested without incident and he was due to appear at a court hearing on Tuesday.
However, before 8:40 a.m. that morning he was found unresponsive as police conducted cell checks.
“Despite life-saving efforts by police, fire and EHS (Emergency Health Services), the man could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead,” said Shoihet in a statement.
The IIO, which is British Columbia's police watchdog, is now looking at every angle to see if police actions, directly or indirectly, were a factor in the man's death.
Shoihet added no other information is being publicly released at this time.