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Man dies shortly after arrest in Mary Hill bypass incident, IIO investigates

Last Updated Dec 23, 2019 at 8:16 pm MDT

The death of a suspect in RCMP custody on the Mary Hill bypass in Coquitlam Dec. 22, 2019 is being investigated by the the Independent Investigation Office. (Courtesy CityNews)
Summary

Police were first called to a home near the bypass to followup on a number of arrest warrants for a man

The man was spotted running from a wooded area and into traffic on the Mary Hill Bypass where he was almost hit

He was arrested a vehicle, but went unconscious and couldn't be revived

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — A man is dead after Coquitlam Mounties tried to arrest him in an incident, which closed the Mary Hill Bypass for several hours on Sunday.

Police were first called to a home near the bypass to followup on a number of arrest warrants for a man.

In a release, the Coquitlam RCMP says the man was spotted running from a wooded area and into traffic on the Mary Hill Bypass where he was almost hit.

An officer from the Coquitlam Traffic unit drove towards the man and reportedly saw him trying to open doors of running vehicles before eventually getting into the back seat of one.

He was arrested in the vehicle, but went unconscious and couldn’t be revived. The officer tried to provide medical help, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

An hour earlier, police went to a nearby home to followup on a number of arrest warrants for the same man.

The IIO is investigating to determine if the actions or inactions of the RCMP are linked to the man’s death.