Latvian double murder suspect dead in custody

A man suspected of a double murder in north-eastern Latvia has died within hours of being arrested by police.

As reported by LSM September 24, a male suspect was apprehended following the discovery of two bodies in Madona district.

However, shortly after being interrogated by police - during which he is said to have confessed to the double murder - the suspect was found dead in his isolation cell, having apparently used his clothing to hang himself.

"At 3:25 p.m., the detention facility identified the incident and immediately initiated a resuscitation and at the same time called the Emergency Department. Medical personnel continued to resume the resuscitation on arrival at the scene for approximately 20 minutes but unfortunately failed to save the person," a police statement said.

Immediately after the incident, Chief of the State Police Ints Ķuzis ordered the opening of a service inspection to determine whether the behavior and actions of the detention facility staff complied with the State Police's internal rules on the organization of detention facilities and whether the controls carried out were sufficient.

State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior Dimitris Trofimovs said in an interview with Latvian Radio on Wednesday that the man in custody had admitted his guilt during questioning. The State Secretary also indicated that there is no suspicion of police negligence.

On September 23, the state police arrested  a man born in 1957 on suspicion of murdering two men who were found the same day in a Madona County marsh with signs of violent death - gunshot wounds to the chest. 

Police information showed that a former peat bog employee came to his former workplace with a gun and shot two former colleagues. He was later found lying in his car in a heavily intoxicated state. The murders were carried out with hunting weapons registered in the name of the detained person.

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