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Investigation launched after woman hurt during arrest by Gatineau police

Quebec's police watchdog has been called in to investigate after a 34-year-old woman was critically injured during an arrest by Gatineau police on Tuesday.

Quebec's independent investigation unit called in to find answers

Members of Quebec's Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes have been called in to investigate Gatineau police after a woman was critically injured during an arrest on Tuesday. (Stéphane Beaudoin/CBC)

Quebec's police watchdog has been called in to investigate after a 34-year-old woman was critically injured during an arrest by Gatineau police on Tuesday.

Gatineau police say officers received a noise complaint regarding an apartment at 24 Charles-Albanel Rd. in the area of Mont-Bleu Boulevard at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday.

In a statement, Quebec's Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes, or BEI, says officers entered the apartment by forcing open the door and then "faced an agitated woman who was delirious and hit her head."

Officers then handcuffed the woman and called an ambulance as "her health seemed to deteriorate," the BEI statement reads. She was taken to hospital in critical condition.

The BEI conducts investigations of police when a member of the public dies or is seriously injured when involved with police or is injured by a firearm used by a police officer.

The bureau says it has assigned eight investigators to the case, adding they arrived in Gatineau around 2 a.m. Wednesday. The Sûreté du Québec will assist the BEI in the investigation.