Alberta Serious Incident Response Team investigating Lethbridge in-custody injuries

Lethbridge, Alberta – The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is in Lethbridge to investigate an incident where a male was injured while in police custody.

During the early morning hours August 15, 2017 police responded to a break and enter alarm at a liquor store along the 200 block of 12 Street North. The male suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival, but he was recorded on video surveillance and his description was subsequently broadcast to all patrol members. A male matching the suspect’s description was located on the Stafford Drive overpass a short time later. He was approached by an officer and advised he was under investigative detention. During the course of the interaction the 41-year-old man sustained serious injuries. He was transported to Chinook Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is currently in stable condition.

As the serious injuries occurred during contact with police, the matter was reported to the Director of Law Enforcement, as required by the Police Act, and ASIRT was directed to conduct an independent investigation.

“I have the utmost confidence in the training, character and professionalism of the officer involved,” said Acting Chief Scott Woods. “As transparency is critical to public confidence in policing, we welcome ASIRT’s independent investigation and I believe the evidence will confirm the officer acted reasonably.”

The officer involved will remain assigned to regular duties.

ASIRT has jurisdiction over all sworn police officers in Alberta. Their mandate is to investigate incidents or complaints involving serious injury or the death of any person, and matters of a serious or sensitive nature, that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer.

Lethbridge Police Service

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