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Cops probe in-custody death

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

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.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 28, 2014 B2

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