Police launched a serious accident investigation after the death of a man being held at a regional police station, in what was described as “nothing short of a tragedy”.
Officers were called to the Casino Showground, about 726km north of Sydney, around 11am on Sunday to reports of a man being assaulted.
Police say a 48-year-old man at the scene assaulted an officer before being arrested and taken to a casino police station.
While there, he lost consciousness, and he could no longer be revived.
Northern District Assistant Commander Peter McKenna said officers at the Casino police station had become concerned about the man’s welfare while he sat in the dock.
“The man was removed from the dock by the police. During this time, he appears to have lost consciousness,” said AC McKenna.
Despite the best efforts of the police and paramedics, this man passed away at the police station. It is now a death in custody.
“The commander went here and saw his next of kin yesterday. Obviously people feel bad when they lose a loved one and rightfully so.
“It’s a tragedy in any circumstance when someone loses their life,” said A.C. McKenna, who also said he did not believe the man was Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
The matter will now be the subject of an independent investigation, with a coroner’s report to be prepared.
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