Published on Friday, 14 December 2012 10:45
Statement by RCMP Chief Superintendent Scott Kolody, Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations, about in-custody death in Gods Lake Narrows
As previously reported, shortly after 10 p.m. on November 28, 2012, RCMP Gods Lake Narrows were contacted and advised by the caller that a distraught female had telephoned their residence and, based on the conversation, was in need of medical assistance.
Officers attended the residence in Gods Lake Narrows and located a female who was then escorted to the local nursing station for medical care. After being examined by medical staff, she was escorted and lodged in RCMP cells under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act.
On November 29, 2012 at 9 a.m., the female complained to an officer of not feeling well. She was returned to the nursing station for medical attention. She was subsequently medevac’d to a Winnipeg hospital, where she passed away the following day.
We recognize and understand that the death of a loved one deeply affects the family and the community.
The death is currently under investigation by the RCMP “D” Division Serious Crimes Unit. As per RCMP policy, the death is considered an in-custody matter as the deceased was in RCMP custody in the hours preceding her death.
The Brandon Police Service will review the investigation. In addition, a local community member is acting as an observer in the investigation.
An autopsy was completed on December 3, 2012; however, the final cause of death is awaiting toxicology reports. There were no indications of foul play.
As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information can be released. Police are encouraging anyone with information relevant to this investigation to contact investigators.
C/Supt. Scott Kolody
OIC Criminal Operations
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