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B.C. police watchdog seeks witnesses in connection to death of Penticton shoplifting suspect

Investigators are hoping to speak with the occupants of this vehicle.
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Independent investigators are seeking key witnesses to a police-involved death of a suspect in Penticton who died days after his arrest in hospital.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is looking for witnesses that were in a purple or grey Honda CRV that was driving along Government Street in Penticton that made a right hand turn onto Forestbrook Drive between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2019, according to an Investigations Office news release.

Investigators are looking to speak with the occupants of the vehicle in relation to an incident that took place on Nov. 8, 2019 at 8:40 a.m. when officers attempted to arrest a man for stealing from a store in Penticton.

According to the Independent Investigations Office of B.C., the man resisted arrest and sustained a head injury. He was taken to hospital but escaped afterwards and was brought back again by officers.

The suspect’s condition deteriorated and he died six days later on Nov. 14, 2019.

The Independent Investigations Office have identified the vehicle and believe the occupants may be able to provide valuable information to the investigation.

The driver or passengers of the vehicle can contact the Independent Investigations Office at 1-855-446-8477.

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