IIO BC called to Prince George

Prince George

2017-07-19 15:21 PDT

Prince George, BC: On July 18, 2017 at 10:32 p.m. Prince George RCMP received a report that a man was "casing vehicles" in a parking lot in the 1000 block of Central Street West in Prince George. A police officer responded to the complaint and located the suspect who attempted to flee on a bicycle.

A struggle allegedly ensued between the police officer and the man. Several other RCMP officers attended the scene after the lone police officer requested urgent assistance by putting in a distress call. Attending members assisted in the apprehension of the man. Oleoresin Capsicum spray (commonly referred to OC spray or pepper spray) was used during the course of police's interaction with the man. The man was then placed into a police car.

Police requested immediate medical assistance for the man when he appeared to have trouble breathing. Once an ambulance arrived the man was taken out of a police car and collapsed. The 35-year-old man was pronounced deceased in hospital shortly after midnight.

As per protocols, IIO BC was notified and they will now investigate whether there is a connection between the man's death and the actions of police.

As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police at this time.

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca .



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