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NEWS: Nunavik September 17, 2012 - 11:50 am

Quebec provincial police investigate suicide attempt in Kuujjuaq jail cell

A 24-year-old man has been released from a Montreal hospital

JANE GEORGE

(updated, Sept. 18, 8:45 a.m.)

KUUJJUAQ — A 24-year-old Kuujjuaq man was sent a Montreal area hospital after an apparent suicide attempt Sept. 14 while in the custody of the Kativik Regional Police Force.

The incident took place in a Kuujjuaq police station jail cell during the afternoon of Sept. 14, said Pierre Tremblay, from the Surêté du Québec provincial police force in Rouyn-Noranda.

An injury or death that occurs while the person is in the custody of a police force is always investigated by an outside police force.

The Kuujjuaq SQ is continuing its investigation in the Sept. 14 incident, Tremblay said.

This past July, a 39-year-old man, who was in custody at the Puvirnituq police station in July, died in what appeared to be the result of a completed suicide attempt.

During last week’s Kativik Regional Government council meeting in Kuujjuaq, the KRPF said it is looking for more money to install cameras in cells and bring in a private security company to assist with guard duty.

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