No charges in death of man who stopped breathing in Nova Scotia RCMP custody

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's police watchdog says there are no grounds to lay criminal charges in the death of a man who stopped breathing while in custody last year in Liverpool.

The Serious Incident Response Team says the 40-year-old man was arrested for public intoxication and placed in a cell at the Liverpool detachment just before 1 a.m. on July 9.

About 30 minutes later, the team says a civilian jail guard became concerned about the man's health and called for help from the two Mounties, who were out on a call.

The team says the man had stopped breathing and CPR was performed when the Mounties returned around 2 a.m., but the man was pronounced dead in hospital about 40 minutes later.

The team says its investigation found the man had purposely taken an overdose of morphine and alcohol in order to commit suicide.

It also says the medical examiner could not say whether earlier medical attention would have saved his life.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Liverpool

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