AB Government: Investigation into hospitalization after LRPS arrest continues

Press Release

On Dec. 13, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate a Dec. 12 incident where a 22-year-old man was taken to hospital after being arrested and placed in police custody.

On Dec. 12 at approximately 10:52 a.m., the Lakeshore Regional Police Service (LRPS) received a complaint of an unwanted, intoxicated man at a residence on the Sucker Creek First Nation. Officers went to the residence and located the man in a vehicle in the driveway. The man was on conditions that required him to be within his residence. Officers attempted to arrest the man, who ran away. The man then entered an occupied residence and barricaded himself in a bedroom, along with two adult residents. When officers entered the bedroom, a physical confrontation occurred between the officers and the man. He was arrested, taken to the LRPS office, and placed in cells at 12:35 p.m.

Approximately 2.5 hours later, a guard noticed that the man appeared to be in medical distress. Emergency Medical Services was called and took over care of the man, who was unconscious. He was transported to hospital and admitted.

ASIRT’s investigation will focus on the use of force by the officers and any connection between this use of force and the hospitalization of the man. No additional information will be released.

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.

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