The Independant Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) is investigating the circumstances of a man who sustained injuries while in custody on Long Plain First Nation.

On Monday, January 29, the Long Plain detachment of the Manitoba First Nations Police Service (MFNPS) notified the IIU of an incident that occurred on January 24 at just after 3 p.m. 

According to the notification, members of the MFNPS responded to a call for service in Long Plain First Nation regarding a physical altercation. A man was taken to the Long Plain detachment. While in custody, he was agitated and threatened to harm himself. As officers entered the cell, a struggle with the man began and a use of force encounter occurred. The man later complained of dizziness and was taken to Portage District General Hospital, where it was determined that he had a suffered a facial fracture.

The civilian director has determined it is in the public interest for the IIU to investigate.

The investigation is ongoing so no further details will be provided at this time.