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.

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