Fifty-one-year-old Jerry Burke of the Fort Nelson First Nation has been identified as the Prophet River man, who died after being taken into RCMP custody this week.
He died in Edmonton’s University Hospital just before noon on Wednesday, after being transferred from Fort Nelson hospital.
He was taken there on Tuesday with head and arm injuries, after falling down a short staircase from a residential patio.
That occurred while he was being escorted by a police officer who had responded to an assault report, and subsequently took Burke into custody on an outstanding warrant.
When several BC police agencies were unable to respond, the Regional Police Force in Lethbridge, was called in to investigate the death, in accordance with the new RCMP policy, which refers such cases to outside agencies.
However, the victim’s body will be transferred to Vancouver, for an autopsy.
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