Quebec police watchdog investigating after 20-year-old woman dies in fall

Police are shown on Durocher and Sherbrooke streets in Montreal, Sunday, February 7, 2021, where a woman fell from an apartment building and died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Quebec's police watchdog is investigating after a woman died after falling from an 11th-floor balcony in Montreal early this morning.

The Bureau des enquetes independantes (BEI) says police received a 911 call at 3 a.m. regarding a woman who was outside on the balcony of her apartment.

The watchdog says preliminary information suggests Montreal police officers arrived on the scene and tried to talk with the 20-year-old, who fell from the balcony several minutes later.

She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The watchdog is tasked with investigating any incident in which a civilian dies or is badly injured during a police operation.

It sent six investigators to the scene and is asking anyone who witnessed the event to come forward.

-- this report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 7, 2021.

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