Suspected heart attack victim Dan Doran complained of chest pains as customs officers and police raided his home, his family say.
The Top of the Hill shopkeeper collapsed in his shop at around 6pm on Wednesday but despite frantic attempts to revive him, the 62 year-old died around an hour later.
His convenience store at Strabane Old Road was raided by customs and excise officers accompanied by police at around 10am. His car was seized along with cigarettes and three kilos of tobacco.
Dan’s sister Christine McGrotty said her big brother had suffered heart problems in the past and had a stent fitted.
“He told the customs men that he was suffering chest pains but they just continued what they were doing and didn’t offer to get him any help. When they took his car that’s when he looked really bad.”
She said she didn’t believe officers were responsible for her brother’s death but stated that the raid “pushed him over the edge”.
The shopkeeper, who was not married, is survived by seven brothers and six sisters. The lifelong Derry City FC fan lived with his 87 year-old mother at their home in Osprey Drive. His brother Terry ‘Nicky’ Doran was with Dan when he collapsed:
“He loved walking his dog ‘Lucky’ every evening and he said to me ‘I’ll not be walking the dog tonight’ before he just fell back and died.”
Local people rushed to help their friend as he lay dying in his store. Paramedics worked to resuscitate Mr Doran for around an hour.
Terry described his brother as a man who “loved the banter” and rose early every morning to open his shop - a focal point in the community.
Glendermott Parish Priest Father Michael Canny described Mr Doran as a “local institution”.
The Police Ombudsman is to investigate the case.
Mr Doran’s Funeral Mass is to take place at the Immaculate Conception Church at 11am on Saturday.