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UPDATE: Dead man Tasered by police in Chilliwack identified

The Independent Investigations Office BC is now in charge at the scene in Chilliwack where a man died Wednesday after being Tasered by police. - Paul J. Henderson
The Independent Investigations Office BC is now in charge at the scene in Chilliwack where a man died Wednesday after being Tasered by police.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the man who died after being Tasered by police in Chilliwack on Feb. 11 was Kevin Seiji Mukuyama.

The 42-year-old Mukuyama was known to police although, according to Court Services Online, his contact with the provincial court system was between 1998 and 2003.

Friends and people who knew Mukuyama were mourning his death and criticizing police actions on social media after the incident.

The Independent Investigations Office BC (IIO BC) is in charge of the investigation because Mukuyama's death was considered to be in police custody.

Just after 4 p.m. on Feb. 11, Chilliwack RCMP were called to a complaint of a male stabbing a dog in or near a residence in the 9700 block of Oak Street. Officers found a male inside the residence, and there were reports he was on drugs and acting erratically.

Mounties allege Mukuyama struggled with police and a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW)—a Taser—was deployed. He then appeared unresponsive and CPR was conducted by police until paramedics arrived.

The man was transported to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

An officer was also injured during the incident. He was taken to hospital, treated and has been released.

The BC Coroners Service and the IIO continue to investigate this death.

The pitbull injured was taken to the vet for treatment, and a friend of the roommate of Mukuyama is trying to raise funds to pay for the veterinary treatment for the animal who is at the Menzies Pet Hospital.

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