The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating after a 36-year-old man was found unresponsive and later declared dead following an overnight stay in a jail cell at an Edmonton police division.
On Saturday, a news release from the Edmonton Police Service said the man was initially arrested Friday evening just after 7 p.m., after calls reported a man with a firearm at a residence in the area of 60 Street and 35A Avenue.
When officers arrived, they located a man “matching the suspect description” in the area and detained him for public intoxication. A firearm was also found in his possession.
The man was taken to a holding cell at the Edmonton police’s southeast division building.
Despite “several routine cell checks” done on the man overnight, he was found unresponsive in his cell at 5:55 a.m. Saturday.
Police called EMS to the scene and performed first aid, but the man was pronounced dead.
ASIRT is now investigating the incident.
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