Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Fatality during RCMP arrest in St. Paul under investigation

Government of Alberta - On July 31, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 38-year-old man during an encounter with RCMP officers in St. Paul.

In the early morning of July 31, 2018, St. Paul RCMP officers responded to a disturbance at a local hotel. A man staying at the hotel had damaged vehicles in the parking lot and then broke three large windows at the hotel.

When two officers arrived, they found the man barricaded in a small storage room. At some point the man left the room and confronted the officers outside. During an ensuing struggle, the man went into medical distress and became unresponsive. Officers administered CPR until Emergency Medical Services arrived and provided emergency treatment. An ambulance took the man to hospital, but he could not be revived. One officer who sustained minor injuries was taken to hospital, treated and released.

ASIRT’s investigation will focus on the circumstances of the incident to determine whether police conduct caused or significantly contributed to the man’s death and, if so, whether that conduct was lawful.

With the investigation underway, ASIRT will not make any further comment until the matter is concluded.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently and objectively investigate incidents involving 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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