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UPDATE: Man involved in North Burnaby incident has died
A man who went into medical distress while in Burnaby RCMP custody has died in hospital, says the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO), which is investigating the incident.
Just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, Burnaby RCMP responded to a complaint at a home near Cambridge Street in North Burnaby, says the IIO. At the scene, officers found a man in medical distress. They placed him in a police car then noticed his condition deteriorating.
Paramedics were called and emergency medical care was given before the man was taken to hospital, where he died the next day.
The civilian-led IIO, which investigates cases of death or injury involving police, was notified at 7:17 a.m. on the day of the incident and immediately sent investigators to the scene.
"Investigators have completed initial activities including identifying and interviewing witnesses, conducting a neighbourhood canvass and obtaining other forensic evidence," said the IIO. "Additional support was provided by the investigator who works with affected persons and their families."
As the investigation is in its preliminary stages, the IIO is not releasing any additional information at this time.
The BC Coroners Services said Friday it is not yet releasing the man's name as they are still attempting to notify his family.
The incident took place in the 4200-block of Cambridge Street, between Carleton and Madison avenues.
As reported in the NewsLeader, area resident Jodie Wenschlag, 42, said she heard a commotion at about 6 a.m. which sounded like men yelling as they were running up the street.
Police arrived immediately, she said, and made a shirtless man stay seated on the sidewalk.
Another neighbour, Mitchell Sayers, 21, said he woke at about 6:30 a.m. to see flashing lights outside and looked out to find paramedics trying to resuscitate a young man who appeared to be of Asian heritage.
The man's jacket, shoes and shopping bag remained in the middle of the road at the scene hours afterwards.
Sayers said there was blood on his sister's car parked on the street as well as bloody hand and fingerprints on the rear door of a police cruiser.