Fort St. John RCMP request investigation on sudden death

RCMP request external agency conduct investigation in Fort St. John sudden death Fort St. John, BC: The Fort St. John RCMP is confirming that an independent investigation is beingconducted with respect to the death of a 46 yr old Fort St. John man.

The RCMP were called to a complaint the evening of Friday September 9th , 2011 just after 5pm(MST). Upon attendance police arrested a 46 year old male without incident and he was transported to the Fort St. John Detachment and lodged in cells. A series of routine checks were conducted on the male and at one point during the evening he was observed to be unresponsive. Immediate medical assistance was provided and Emergency services were called. Paramedics attended and the male was pronounced dead. It is unknown at this time what the cause of death is.

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As per policy and standard protocols, the matter has been deemed an in-custody death. The site has been secured and contained and the New Westminster Police Department are in Fort St John assuming conduct of the investigation which will review the circumstances surrounding the incident and police actions.

The BC Coroners Service is conducting an investigation into the sudden death as per the Coroners Act.Further communications and media updates with respect to this investigation will be the responsibility of the New Westminster Police Department and the BC Coroners Service.The New Westminster Police Media Relations can be contacted at 604-525-5411.

Released by:Sgt Steve PerretMedia Relations OffierFort St John RCMP

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