SIU investigates after man dies in police custody in Toronto

TORONTO-Ontario police watchdog has been called in for questioning after a 48-year-old man died in police custody in Toronto.

In a tweet, the Special Investigations Unit said the man died Thursday morning while in police custody in the 43rd Division serving southeastern Scarborough.

In an email to CP24.com, Toronto police spokeswoman Connie Osborne said the man was found unanswered early this morning.

“We can confirm that the man was found around 8:20 p.m. that he was not responding,” Osborne said. “Ambulance crews were called and the man had succumbed. SIU was contacted and they have invoked their mandate, therefore we can not comment further. ”

A SIU vehicle could be seen outside the 43rd Division on Lawrence Avenue East Thursday morning.

Police do not say why the man was in custody. Osborne, however, said his death is not linked to a fatal shooting that took place on Cinemart Drive in Scarborough last night.

SIU said he was remanded in custody yesterday pending a bail scheduled for today.

The agency said it has assigned eight witnesses and a subject officer in the case. Three investigators and a forensic investigator have been assigned to the case.

An autopsy is to be performed on October 15.

Anyone with information is encouraged by SIU to get in touch with investigators.

SIU is an arm’s length agency that is investigated when police are involved in deaths, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

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