An inquest into the death of Daniel Tokarchuk began on Monday morning in Prince Albert.
Tokarchuk was found unresponsive in his cell in the Saskatchewan Penitentiary on June 7, 2017. Staff tried to save him by performing CPR and using a defibrillator.
Paramedics took him to Victoria Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was 44 years old.
At the inquest, RCMP Cst. Troy Antal said he believes Tokarchuk died by suicide.
He testified that he found suspected depression medication in his cell and that he had recently split with his wife.
One worker who responded to Tokarchuk’s cell, Brian MacAuley, said he didn’t notice any past signs on self-harm. His behaviour seemed normal that day, said MacAuley.
Tokarchuk died on the same day as Christopher Van Camp, who was fatally stabbed by his cellmate Tyler Vandewater.
The Chief Coroner can hold an inquest into a death in a correctional facility, unless they’re confident it was not preventable.
Coroner Tim Hawyrluk is presiding at the inquest into Tokarchuk’s death. It’s scheduled to run until Friday.