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Independent investigators called to West Kelowna after two people go unresponsive in police custody

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September 26, 2018 - 6:55 PM

WEST KELOWNA - The province's police watchdog is investigating after two car theft suspects went into medical distress in police custody. 

In a release this evening, the RCMP says it informed the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia about the incident and an investigation is underway. 

It unfolded today, Sept. 26, when West Kelowna RCMP were investigating a report of a suspicious occurrence, says Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, a media relations officer from the Lower Mainland. The release doesn't say what time the event occurred, other than early morning.

"The complainant reported that several people appeared to be working on vehicles," she said. "Subsequent queries found two of the licence plates associated to these vehicles returned as stolen."

She said police found a woman, 24, and a man, 32, "allegedly attempting to flee the area, in a stolen pick up truck. A spike belt was deployed and with the assistance of an RCMP Police Dog, the man and woman were taken into custody and transported to the Kelowna RCMP Detachment."

Shoihet said they were being processed for detention around 10 a.m. when both became "unresponsive and in medical distress shortly after arrival." They were taken to hospital by ambulance. The release says nothing about their condition. 

The independent investigators will try to determine if police actions or inactions are linked to the medical distress. 


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