June 28, 2019 11:33 am

Investigation underway after Laval man dies at the hands of police

A 50-year-old man died during a police intervention Thursday night in Laval.

Mario Beauregard / The Canadian Press

The Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI) — an independent police watchdog — is investigating the death of a Laval man following a police intervention shortly after midnight Thursday night.

At 12:40 a.m. Laval police received a call regarding a violent family dispute, according to the BEI.

Two police officers tried to arrest a 50-year-old man who refused to cooperate, according to BEI’s statement.

They said the man stopped breathing as police handcuffed him.

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Police used a defibrillator — unsuccessfully. The man died at the scene.

The BEI took over the investigation. Eight BEI investigators arrived Friday morning to try to determine the cause of the incident.

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Two forensics identification experts from the Sûreté du Québec were also brought in to support the investigation.

The BEI’s mandate is to investigate when a person other than a police officer on duty dies, sustains serious injuries or is shot by a police officer during a police intervention or while in police custody.



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