Garda Ombudsman launch investigation following death in garda custody in Co Mayo

Garda Ombudsman large logoThe Garda Ombudsman is examining the circumstances surrounding the death of a man – in his 70’s – while in custody at Westport Garda Station in county Mayo today. The incident was referred to GSOC by Gardai at about 12.30 this afternoon. In a statement, GSOC says the man – who was under arrest – became unwell with breathing difficulties and CPR was administered by Gardaí. A doctor and the emergency services were called and the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The State Pathologist has been informed and a post-mortem examination will take place in the coming days. GSOC Investigators are currently at the scene. The Garda Ombudsman says an independent examination is underway to establish the facts of the situation.