Independent external investigation requested following Cote death

According to an RCMP release, an investigation will seek answers as to how a woman died while in custody at the Kamsack Police Department over the weekend.

On December 5, at approximately 3:20 p.m., Kamsack RCMP arrested, without incident, a 44-year-old female at a residence on the Cote First Nation in relation to an ongoing investigation.

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On December 6, at approximately 9:30 a.m., an ambulance was called to the Kamsack RCMP Detachment as the female required medical attention. Shortly before 9:50 a.m., the ambulance arrived and transported the female to Kamsack Hospital.

The female was pronounced dead in hospital at approximately 11 a.m. the same morning.

In accordance with the RCMP's independent external investigation policy, Saskatchewan RCMP have requested the Estevan Police Service conduct the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the in-custody death of the 44-year-old female. The name of the deceased is not being released at this time.

The Saskatchewan Coroner's Service is involved in the investigation and the Saskatchewan RCMP have requested the Ministry of Justice to appoint an independent observer.

As this matter is the subject of an external investigation, no further information can be made available at this time, concluded the release.