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SIU investigating woman’s death after arrest in Barrie

Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating after a 28-year-old woman died in hospital Saturday morning after she was arrested in Barrie. 

Barrie police arrested the woman on Thursday near 49 Colter Street for outstanding warrants, the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said in a news release Saturday. She was taken to the station and held in a cell.

On Friday, Ontario police transported the woman from the Barrie police station to Central North Correctional Centre, the SIU said. 

The woman was found unresponsive in the police vehicle and taken to hospital in Midland, where she died Saturday morning, the news release said. 

Two investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case, the SIU said. The post-mortem is scheduled for Monday.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of police officers in incidents that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault or the discharge of a firearm at a person.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators. 

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