An investigation is underway following the death of a 43-year-old man who was pepper-sprayed by RCMP in The Pas, Man.
The man died Saturday afternoon, a day after officers had removed him from his ex-wife's home in The Pas, about 600 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.
Police were called to the home Friday morning when the man was allegedly intoxicated and had become violent.
Officers managed to arrest him, but police say he became combative.
RCMP spokesman Sgt. Line Karpish said there was a struggle, and police used pepper spray against him.
Karpish said officers then noticed the man was in medical distress and took him to the hospital, where he died on Saturday. An autopsy was to be conducted Monday in Winnipeg.
Karpish says police are treating the incident as an "in custody" death.
"As a matter of course because he was under arrest, despite the fact that he was not in our facilities, it is considered by the RCMP as an in-custody death and as such will be investigated accordingly."
Karpish said the officers involved in the arrest have been put on leave during the investigation.
"They were sent home, and we will have to let the investigation take its due course and see what the autopsy reveals."
In October, a Regina man suffered a fatal heart attack after police used pepper spray on him during a struggle. Two other men died in Regina under similar circumstances in 2001.