Investigation launched when Langley man dies after police scuffle

Man dies after arrest

The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia in investigating an incident where a man died after being arrested.

Dawn Roberts, director BC RCMP communications, said just after 3 a.m. Oct. 23, the Langley Operational Call Centre received an abandoned 911 call.

Attempts to contact the number were unsuccessful and Langley RCMP officers were sent to the location.

“When officers arrived they located one man outside who was believed to under the influence of drugs and police called EHS for assistance. While attempting to take the man into custody, a physical altercation ensued,” said Roberts in a press release.
“After the arrest, the officers noticed that the man was losing consciousness and requested that Emergency Health Services attend.”

Before EHS arrived, officers administered medical assistance and continued CPR until the fire department and EHS arrived at the scene. They continued medical assistance, but the man was later pronounced dead.

“The IIO BC is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s death. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police,” said Roberts.

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