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Investigation opened after man dies in police custody

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The homicide unit is probing the in-custody death of a suspect at the Hartford Avenue police station.

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The homicide unit is probing the in-custody death of a suspect at the Hartford Avenue police station.

A man died while in custody, the Winnipeg Police Service announced today.

In a news release, police say they arrested a 40-year-old man May 22 in connection with a disturbance earlier that day.

The man was taken to the District 3 station on Hartford Avenue and placed in an interview room, where he suffered a medical emergency.

Police said he was taken to hospital in critical condition and died Monday.

His family was notified. His name is not being released.

Under WPS policy, the investigation is being led by the homicide unit and the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.

The last person to die in Winnipeg police custody was Wilfred Lesley Asham, 19, on Sept. 2, 2007.

He and another man were arrested after they attempted to flee from a stolen vehicle that crashed near Elgin Avenue and Jordan Street.

The stolen truck crashed into a chain-link fence.

Asham collapsed after he was taken to an interview room at the Public Safety Building. An autopsy determined the cause of death was suspected cardiac arrhythmia.

An inquest was held and a provincial court judge recommended there be defibrillator machines in all police stations and anywhere else police keep people in custody. The inquest report said a defibrillator machine might have prevented the death.

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Updated on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM CDT: added more info

5:23 PM: Fixes poorly written lede. Adds photo.

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