Singh Sundhu died in police custody after being Tasered.
Surry, Nov. 13, 2006
- 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
- She told the five-person jury that her husband
had woken up in a panic at about 3 a.m. and was having
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.
Inquest into the death of Gurmit Singh Sundhu
Surry, Nov. 13, 2006
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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