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SiRT Investigates Death of Male in RCMP Custody


The Serious incident Response Team (SiRT) is investigating the death of a male who was in the custody of the Queens RCMP earlier today, July 9, 2013.

A 40-year-old male was arrested late last evening by RCMP members for public intoxication. EHS was called to assess the man. Following assessment, he was lodged in the Queens RCMP Detachment cells. Early this morning, the male was found to be unresponsive and EHS was called to the Detachment.

The male was transported to Queens General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be performed by the Medical Examiner's office today. In accordance with the provisions of the Police Act, the RCMP contacted SiRT early this morning. SiRT has assumed responsibility for the investigation. The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald.

The team can independently launch, or begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.

Media Contact:

Ron MacDonald, QC
Serious Incident Response Team