Cops face custody death probe
The mystery death of a man in police custody after a raid on a luxury home in Ascot is being investigated by internal affairs detectives.
The 27-year-old, believed to be a resident at the Fauntleroy Road property, was one of two people arrested and held at the home on Monday afternoon during a search by detectives.
Police say while the pair were under guard at the home, the arrested man’s health deteriorated and paramedics were called to take him by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital.
It is believed he arrived at the hospital about 8.45pm but could not be revived and was pronounced dead soon after.
A cause of death is yet to be determined.
An autopsy is expected to be carried out today.
The incident is being treated by police as a death in custody, with homicide detectives also involved in the investigation, which is standard in such circumstances.
Neighbours say they spotted police cars on the street from about 5pm on Monday and later saw three ambulances at the home.
They said the large property that backs on to the Swan River was rented by a young couple who had only moved in a few months ago.
Police are yet to reveal the nature of the raid.
Officers spent several hours overnight on Monday inside the home.
A neighbour said she could hear police searching the back of the property early yesterday morning. Several detectives emerged about midday with brown evidence bags and an Apple Mac computer, which were taken away.
Detectives returned later to doorknock the area and collect CCTV footage.
A black Chrysler sedan, parked a few hundred metres around the corner from the raided home, is also understood to be connected to the deceased man. It is believed the luxury vehicle was searched by police but yesterday remained in a nearby carpark.
The second person arrested during the raid has not been charged and is believed to have been released yesterday.
She is believed to be a mother and the deceased man’s girlfriend, who lived with him at the property.
Detectives remove a computer from the Ascot property where a man collapsed and later died.