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Witnesses flee after man suffers from cardiac arrest early this morning

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April 01, 2013 - 10:20 AM

By Jessica Wallace

Police are investigating the suspicious details of a cardiac arrest that occured early this morning in downtown Kamloops.

B.C. Ambulance arrived at the Desert Inn on 7th Avenue and Columbia Street at about 3:40 a.m. to find an unconscious 25-year-old man. A group of people with him left before RCMP arrived on scene.

Paramedics and Kamloops Fire and Rescue personnel resuscitated the man before he was rushed to Royal Inland Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said RCMP are applying for a warrant to search the room and he was unaware whether drugs were found on the scene or if the man had a history of health problems.

"I don't know the exact number of people that were in the room," Learned said.

RCMP attempted to locate the individuals, to no avail, using a police tracking dog.

Patrol officers secured the scene and called Major Crime Investigators for backup.

An investigation into the events that lead to the man's cardiac arrest has been launched. Police are preparing an application for a warrant for the premise, canvassing the area and are seeking witnesses who may have additional information.

"It's still very much in it's early stages," Learned said.

Despite limited details, Learned said an investigation into what happened last night is part of standard procedure.

"It's easier for us to de-escalate as we go through an investigation and are able to absolutely rule out any foul play," he said. "At this point we have sort of more questions than answers."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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