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Investigation into jumpers death

A hospital in Kamloops, B.C., says an 18-year-old man who jumped to this death from a parkade while police tried to coax him to safety was a patient at the facility.

The province's Independent Investigations Office, which handles cases involving police officers, is now investigating what happened Sunday night when a man jumped from the third level of the Royal Inland Hospital's parkade.

Hospital spokeswoman Nancy Serwa said she couldn't provide any further details.

"But we are co-operating with the Independent Investigations Office and we have started our own internal review of the incident," Serwa said Monday.

She said the hospital will also review security issues.

RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush said security staff at the hospital called police just after 7 p.m. on Sunday. Bush said officers had arrived on scene and were dealing with the man when he jumped.

Owen Court, spokesman for the Independent Investigations Office, said there was a physical altercation with police. Court said the man was seriously hurt and later died in hospital from his injuries.

 

The Canadian Press

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