Woman at centre of Halifax police investigation dies of stab wound

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The Canadian Press

HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia agency says a woman who is the focus of an investigation into how two police officers handled her arrest has died.

The province’s Serious Incident Response Team says officers responded to a Halifax-area apartment on Friday after receiving a call that the woman was behaving erratically in a common area of the building.

Police say the officers who responded believed the woman was suffering from a mental illness that might cause harm to herself or others.

They say the officers noted after arresting the woman that she had a stab wound to her torso and decided to bring her to hospital, where she later died.

Police have said it’s not clear how the woman received the injury.

SIRT is an independent agency that investigates cases of fatalities, serious injury, sexual assault and domestic violence involving police.

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