B.C.’s police watchdog is sending investigators to 100 Mile House after a man died shortly after being arrested by local RCMP.
The man died in late June, according to a statement from the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO). The IIO said they started investigating the incident after it was reported but only released details this morning.
On June 25, 100 Mile RCMP officers responded to a call regarding a theft in progress and arrested a man and a woman. The man was released on June 26 and taken by police to a nearby shelter.
The man was found dead in his room the following afternoon, on June 27, the IIO said. Local RCMP have ruled out foul play in his death.
The BC Coroners Service is working to determine the cause of death and any contributing factors.
The RCMP notified the IIO of a death that had occurred earlier that day on June 27 at approximately 5:20 p.m.
The IIO investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, to determine if police action – or inaction – played a role.