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ASIRT releases update on man who died while in Calgary police custody

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Chandler Walter May 03, 2019 4:00 pm

The Alberta Serious Response Team (ASIRT) has released an update after a man died in police custody on Wednesday.

A May 1 release from the Calgary Police Service stated that officers were called to a pedestrian-involved hit and run at around 3:40 am at the intersection of McKnight Boulevard and 52nd Street NE, finding a man suffering life-threatening injuries who was promptly transported to hospital.

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Police then found a suspect vehicle a short while later, according to the release, around 68th Street and 32nd Avenue NE.

“Officers attempted to arrest the driver and a struggle ensued,” police said, in the Wednesday release.

“Immediately upon arrest, the driver appeared to go into medical distress and was subsequently transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The cause of death is not known at this time.”

Two days later, and ASIRT has released an update on the situation, stating that the man refused to exit the vehicle when police directed him to.

It was also noted that the use of a police service dog and CEWs (tasers) were used while arresting the man, who went into medical distress after being removed from the vehicle.

“ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person,” the release states.

ASIRT is now asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them at 403-592-4306.

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