Watchdog probes in-custody death

Surrey man, 41, was arrested by Transit Police under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital, where he died.

The IIO is investigating the in-custody death of a Surrey man.

A man died early Friday morning after being arrested by Transit Police.

At 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Transit Police arrested a 41-year-old Surrey man under the Mental Health Act for irrational behaviour on a bus at Surrey Central Station.

He was taken into custody without incident.

He was transported to hospital by Transit Police and at the time of arrival, went into medical distress.

Despite efforts to save him, he died at 12:39 a.m. Friday.

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) was notified and will be taking custody of the case.

For the IIO to take over a case, it has to meet a two-fold test. Was it an incident of serious harm or death? And was there a relationship between what happened and an officer’s actions.

The IIO said this incident met both criteria.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police seize nearly 50 kilos of drugs in Surrey

Police say this has taken perhaps millions of deadly doses of fentanyl and other drugs off the streets

ICBC had 32,412 Dial-a-Claim calls from Lower Mainland

This was in a 17-day stretch from Jan. 3 to Jan. 19, inclusive

Surrey Mounties looking for two suspects in stolen credit card scam

Police said the cards were used in $28,000 in fraudulent transactions in Surrey, Burnaby and Coquitlam

Surrey students donate 2,000 pairs of socks

Initiative part of the Leo Club program

VIDEO: Soldiers trade rifles for snow shovels to help dig out St. John’s

A state of emergency is set to extend into a fifth day

Warm ‘blob’ could be behind mass starvation of North Pacific seabirds: study

Unprecedented death toll raises red flag for North American marine ecosystems

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mom shares ‘insane’ experience of viral dinosaur video

Tabitha Cooper filmed her costumed sons meeting their grandma at the Victoria International Airport

Convicted Fraser Valley con man facing 39 charges in Vancouver area

Donald Quinnell got four years prison in 2015, again facing fraud, theft, stolen credit card charges

Elderly man in serious condition after being hit by bus in Burnaby

RCMP believe man, 82, was not at a crosswalk at the time

ICBC to bring in ranking system for collision, glass repair shops

Change comes after the much-maligned auto insurer has faced criticism for sky-high premiums

Surrey teen recalls ‘scary experience’ of falling down Oregon mountain

Gurbaz Singh broke his leg during a 150-metre fall on Dec. 30

Most Read

l -->