Death of man after Moorebank arrest leads to critical investigation into incidents

A major investigation has been launched into the death of a man after he lost consciousness during his arrest on a major highway in Sydney.

A major investigation has been launched into the death of a man after he was arrested in south-west Sydney on Sunday morning.

Shortly after 3.35am, police were called to the M5 motorway in Moorebank after reports of a man walking in the center of the westbound lane.

When officers arrived, they found a 41-year-old man near the Moorebank Ave exit, running west and east between lanes.

A struggle ensued when they tried to take him into custody, with an officer spraying him with pepper spray.

Shortly afterwards, the man lost consciousness.

Paramedics were called and they took him to Liverpool Hospital, but he could not be revived and died.

A critical incident team from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, which will also be subject to an independent review.

Police are calling on anyone who has been on the M5 or has dashcam vision to come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.

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