ASIRT investigating after man dies in police holding cell

Jun 23 2020, 4:24 pm

Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating after a man died in an Edmonton Police holding cell on Tuesday.

According to a release from EPS, at approximately 4 am on June 23, Southwest Division officers responded to a “trouble with person” call at a gas station in the area of 51 Avenue and 122 Street.

“It was reported that a male who appeared to be intoxicated by drugs had entered the gas station and was behaving in an agitated manner,” says a release from EPS.

“Police took the approximately 40-year-old male into custody under section 115(2) of the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act and placed him in a holding cell in Southwest Division.”

Police say that at approximately 7 am, the male was found unresponsive in his cell.

“EMS was immediately called, and pronounced the male deceased on scene. The identity of the male has not yet been confirmed,” says the release.

According to police, the Director of Law Enforcement was notified and has directed ASIRT to lead the investigation into this death.

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, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.”