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Oak Bay police tabbed to probe Duncan RCMP's handling of fatal case

Apr 24 2012

Oak Bay police will be conducting an external review of the death of a 37-year-old man who died after being taken to the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment to sober up.

The incident began just after 11 a.m. Saturday when the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP received a call saying a man was passed out in a public area of downtown Duncan.

Police located the man and arrested him without incident for causing a disturbance. He turned out to have already declined assistance from B.C. Ambulance paramedics prior to his dealings with police.

The man, a Duncan resident whose identity has not been released, was taken to detachment cells. He was co-operative with police while in custody, RCMP said.

About 2 p.m., the man was found to be in medical distress by a guard. An ambulance was called and the man was taken to Cowichan District Hospital, then airlifted to Victoria's Royal Jubilee Hospital.

He died at Royal Jubilee around noon Sunday, with the cause of death yet to be determined.

Having an external police agency review such cases is a regular RCMP practice. The B.C. Coroners service is also investigating.

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