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B.C. police watchdog investigates woman's death in fiery vehicle after arrest

VANCOUVER — RCMP have notified British Columbia's independent police watchdog about the death of a woman in a burning vehicle a day after she was arrested and released.
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VANCOUVER — RCMP have notified British Columbia's independent police watchdog about the death of a woman in a burning vehicle a day after she was arrested and released.

Police say the woman was taken into custody at her home in North Vancouver on Tuesday after she allegedly threatened someone she knew.

Mounties say in a release that the woman was to appear in court on a future date but the following day officers in Squamish, B.C., responded to a report about a vehicle engulfed in flames.

The woman who'd been arrested the day earlier was found dead at the scene.

The Independent Investigations Office will be conducting an investigation to determine if the actions or inactions of police are linked to the woman's death.

The office investigates all police-involved deaths and serious injuries in the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 12, 2020.

The Canadian Press




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