A man has died while in custody at the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre.
On Wednesday, Aug. 3, just after 7:30 p.m., Surrey RCMP responded to an altercation between two cellmates inside the pretrial centre.
Corrections officers were able to separate to the men, but the 25-year-old victim sustained extensive injuries and was transported to hospital.
The victim died in hospital just before 1:30 a.m.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken over the investigation, however charges against the 22-year-old cellmate have yet to be approved.
“IHIT is working with the Integrated Forensic Identification Team, Surrey RCMP, the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre and the B.C. Coroner’s service to help piece together the factors that led up to the altercation and subsequent death of the male victim,” said Cpl. Meghan Foster.
Both males were awaiting court appearances on separate matters and according to police did not know each other prior to the altercation.
The victim’s family has been notified, however his name will not be released.