The Courier-Mail

Inquiry after man dies during arrest

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INTERNAL affairs investigat­ors are heading a death in custody probe after a man suffered a fatal heart attack during an arrest on the Gold Coast.

The 59-year-old man was involved in a struggle with officers at Robina on Sunday afternoon when he went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived.

While the incident did not occur in a police vehicle, station or watch-house, it is still classified as a death in custody and is now the subject of an internal investigat­ion by the Ethical Standards Command.

The matter could ultimately be referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Police were responding to a complaint of a domestic disturbanc­e at a Robina address about 4.30pm on Sunday when the drama unfolded.

The man was allegedly in his car and was over the blood- alcohol limit when police attempted to arrest him in the garage at the home.

He allegedly refused to be detained and struggled with police who were trying to restrain him when he suffered a heart attack. Despite efforts by officers to revive him, the man died at the scene.

His 85-year-old father was home at the time. Investigat­ions are ongoing. JEREMY PIERCE

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