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Gurmit Singh Sundhu died in police custody after being Tasered.


Surry, Nov. 13, 2006
Darshan Sahota

  • Harjit Sundhu, the widow, wife of Gurmit Singh Sundhu, 41, Surrey man who died in RCMP custody last year said, officers did nothing to try to calm her husband down before using a Taser gun on him.
  • She told a coroner's inquest on Tuesday that police shot her husband, Gurmit Singh Sundhu, four times in the chest with the Taser, pepper sprayed him and that one officer even kicked him while he was lying on his bathroom floor.
  • She testified that her husband had been a gentle man, but admitted his behaviour had begun to change before the incident, and that his daughter suspected he had been using cocaine before his death on June 30, 2005.
  • She told the five-person jury that her husband had woken up in a panic at about 3 a.m. and was having trouble breathing.

    Sundhu said she called for an ambulance, but it was the Surrey RCMP who showed up instead.

    She said her husband had begun to calm down — until the officers began to arrive at their home.


Coroners Inquest into the death of Gurmit Singh Sundhu

Surry, Nov. 13, 2006
Darshan Sahota

British Columbia Coroners Service
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

The British Columbia Coroners Service will conduct a Coroner's Inquest into the death of Gurmit Singh Sundhu. Mr. Sundhu became unresponsive while being taken into custody by Surrey RCMP on June 30th, 2005. A taser was used by police during this incident. Mr. Sundhu was transported by ambulance to Surrey Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The Inquest will take place at the Office of the Chief Coroner, Courtroom, Metrotower II, #2035 - 4720 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC from November 14-17, 2006.

The Inquest will allow for the public presentation of all evidence relating to Mr. Sundhu's death. Regional Coroner, Vincent Stancato and a 5 person jury will hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses in order to determine the facts surrounding this death. The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future as well as other relevant recommendations

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Gurmit Singh Sundhu died in RCMP custody when Taser gun was used to calm him