North Cowichan/Duncan police probing parking lot death

An investigation is under way after a man died in a parking lot off York Street in Duncan on Tuesday morning.

"It doesn’t look suspicious, but we are treating it as such until we complete our investigation," North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Chris Swain said.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were called to the parking lot near the McDonald’s around 6:30 a.m., initially to assist BC Ambulance with a call for a man in medical distress. By the time police reached the scene, the man had died. Police then taped off the site and began an investigation.

The man’s identity was confirmed later in the morning, but his name was not released pending notification of next-of-kin. The death occurred in the same part of town as a practice lockdown at Cowichan Secondary School’s Quamichan Campus, but the two events were unrelated, Swain confirmed. Students walking from the main campus to Quamichan were stopped en route while the practice was completed.