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UPDATE: Man tasered by police near Sicamous dies in hospital

Clayton Donnelly, 38, has been identified by his family as the man who died in hospital on Oct. 29, 2019, after an incident with RCMP a day earlier.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Clayton Donnelly
October 30, 2019 - 4:36 PM

A 38-year-old Kelowna man tased by police near Sicamous has died in hospital.

His family have identified him as Clayton Donnelly, according to a Global Okanagan report. The family said CPR was performed on Donnelly for 90 minutes following his arrest and medical officials told them the cause of death was cardiac arrest. The family said he had no previous heart issues.

Donnelly's Facebook page said he lived in Kelowna and worked as a porter at the OK Corral Cabaret and had formerly been an auto body technician apprentice.

The RCMP previously reported that on Oct. 28 at around 1:30 a.m. Kelowna officers received a report of an erratic driver on Highway 97 near Lake Country. Armstrong RCMP attempted to stop the vehicle but was unsuccessful. Salmon Arm and Sicamous RCMP officers stopped the vehicle south of Sicamous, but the vehicle then fled.

At roughly 3:20 a.m. the vehicle was stopped in Malakwa. Officers used a conducted energy weapon and handcuffed the man before he went into medical distress, according to an RCMP media release, and he was taken to hospital in critical condition.

He died in hospital one day after the incident in the evening of Oct. 29.

The B.C. Coroners Service has been informed of his death and is investigating along with the Independent Investigations Office who will also continue to investigate the actions of the police.

The Independent Investigations Office is asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them at 1-855-446-8477.

— This story was updated at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, to include the deceased man's identity.


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