Police watchdog investigates death of man in Ottawa police cruiser

Officers were transporting man to Shepherds of Good Hope shelter, SIU says Ontario's police watchdog is investigating after a man died on Saturday while he was being transported in an Ottawa police cruiser.

In a news release, the Special Investigations Unit said Ottawa police officers were called to respond to an intoxicated man outside the Lord Elgin Hotel around 12:15 p.m.

The release said the man had a conversation with police and he agreed to be transported by officers to the Shepherds of Good Hope shelter — a charity that helps homeless people located in the ByWard Market.

By the time police arrived at the shelter, the man was unresponsive, the release said. He was declared dead after paramedics treated him.

Three investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case, the SIU said. As of Saturday night, investigators were attempting to identify the deceased man.

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