SIU investigating death of man in found unresponsive at Ottawa police station

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OTTAWA — Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating the death of a man who lost vital signs while in custody at an Ottawa police station.

The Special Investigations Unit says an autopsy is scheduled for today after the 49-year-old died Tuesday night.

It says the Ottawa Police Service arrested the man on a drug warrant late Tuesday afternoon.

The man was taken to a police station and placed in a cell.

He was found unresponsive mid-evening and emergency medical services found him without vital signs.

The agency says the man died in hospital soon after.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2021.

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