IIO In Prince George
Prince George, B.C. – The independent Investigations Office has deployed investigators to Prince George to probe an incident in which a man under arrest later died.
The RCMP say that last evening, around 10:30. the Prince George RCMP received a report of a man believed to be “casing” vehicles 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.
According to police, the officer and suspect got involved in a struggle. The officer called for assistance and several other Mounties arrived on scene. The officers assisted in the arrest of the suspect, and during the course of their interaction with him, pepper spray was used prior to placing the suspect in a police car.
The suspect is said to have developed trouble breathing and immediate medical assistance was requested.
An ambulance arrived on scene, and the man was taken out of the police car at which time he collapsed.
The 35 year old was pronounced dead in hospital shortly after midnight.
The Independent Investigations Office will now investigate to see if there is a connection between the man’s death and the actions of police.