PETALING JAYA: The security guard who died due to breathing difficulties at Gombak police headquarters was being served with a warrant of arrest.
Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed said the arrest warrant was issued as the 43-year-old had failed to attend court proceedings.
"He was brought in not to be investigated but to be served a warrant of arrest.
"He would have been detained and released on police bail to ensure that he attended future court proceedings.
"The investigation on his case was concluded in 2016," he told a virtual press conference on Friday (May 21).
Comm Arjunaidi said the man cooperated fully with the police and was not handcuffed while being transported to the police station.
"He suffered breathing difficulties upon arrival at the station.
"We alerted Hospital Selayang and paramedics were dispatched. However, the man died while receiving treatment," he said.
His family members have told police that he had a history of breathing difficulties and heart problems, he added.
"We will leave it to the hospital authorities to ascertain the cause of death.
"After we have completed the investigations, we will refer the case to the coroner so that an inquest can be conducted as per procedure," he said.
On Thursday (May 20), Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Arifai Tarawe said the 43-year-old man suffered breathing complications after being brought to the district police headquarters.
"We arrested the suspect at about 11.20am as he was wanted for a criminal intimidation case.
"However, he had breathing difficulties and Hospital Selayang was alerted to provide assistance," he said.
The man was pronounced dead at 12.30pm despite efforts to treat him.
The case has been classified as sudden death and his remains sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for a post-mortem.