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Man dies while in custody at St. Paul RCMP detachment

Male was arrested following a report of suspicious activity on 51 Ave. near 55 St early Monday morning

ST. PAUL - The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating the death of man while in police custody at the St. Paul RCMP Detachment on Monday.

RCMP report a male with outstanding arrest warrants was arrested Jan. 10 at approximately 5:41 a.m. following a report of suspicious activity. He was taken to the RCMP detachment at 6:33 a.m. where he was to remain in custody pending a judicial interim release hearing.

“Throughout the male’s stay in cells, regular wellness checks were conducted. On Jan. 10, 2022, at approximately 9:02 p.m., an RCMP officer was conducting a wellness check of prisoners in the cell block and observed that the male was unresponsive. The officer started and continued CPR until Emergency Medical Services arrived at 9:15 p.m. Despite EMS’ efforts, the male was pronounced deceased at 9:45 p.m.,” according to an RCMP media release issued today.

“The RCMP believes in processes that seek the facts and it’s important that processes taken to assess the actions of all those involved, including the police, are fair, transparent, and defendable,” states the release.

“The RCMP’s internal review process, in conjunction with the ASIRT process, has been implemented to gather a full account of what took place leading up to this in-custody death. RCMP training, policy, police response, and any involved officers’ duty status will be subject to review. The RCMP is, of course, fully cooperating with ASIRT and will not be commenting further on this matter.”

The investigation relating to the execution of outstanding warrants remains with the St. Paul RCMP.

RCMP have not released the name of the man at this time.