BC police watchdog investigating man’s death in RCMP custody

Probe launched into death in RCMP custody

KELOWNA, B.C. — British Columbia’s police watchdog is investigating after a man died in Kelowna RCMP’s lockup.

A release from the B.C. RCMP says a 40-year-old man was taken to hospital after a vehicle hit a tree in Kelowna on Friday night.

It says the man was cleared by hospital staff and taken to a police holding cell, where he was found unresponsive on Saturday afternoon.

RCMP say officers started CPR and paramedics responded, but the man was pronounced dead around 2:40 p.m.

The man’s identity and cause of death have not been released.

The Independent Investigations Office, which probes all deaths or serious injuries involving police, is now looking into the case.

The Canadian Press