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One man remains in custody after police were called to an early morning assault near Duncan that left another man dead.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP say the incident occurred early Monday morning in the area of Lake Cowichan Road.

Just after 1 a.m. on March 1st, officers received several reports of an assault with a weapon.

When officers arrived, they located two men outside of a residence. One of the men immediately surrendered to officers, while the other was suffering from life-threatening injuries.

The injured man was taken to Cowichan District Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The other man was taken into police custody without incident. As of Monday afternoon, he remained in custody.

RCMP say an investigation into the assault is still in its preliminary stages, but they believe it was an isolated incident and there is no ongoing threat to the public.

The BC Coroners Service has also been notified and is investigating to determine the deceased man’s cause and circumstances of death.

For the sake of privacy, neither the RCMP nor Coroners Service are releasing the identity of the victim at this time.

Anyone who may have been a witness is asked to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Detachment at 250-748-5522.

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