ASIRT investigating after man found unresponsive in EPS Southwest Division holding cells

Edmonton, Alberta – On June 23, 2020 at approximately 4 a.m., EPS Southwest Division officers responded to a trouble with person call at a gas station in the area of 51 Avenue and 122 Street. It was reported that a male who appeared to be intoxicated by drugs had entered the gas station and was behaving in an agitated manner.

Police took the approximately 40-year-old male into custody under section 115(2) of the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act and placed him in a holding cell in Southwest Division.

ASIRT Investigation - Edmonton Police Service
ASIRT Investigation – Edmonton Police Service

At approximately 7 a.m., the detainee was found unresponsive in his cell. EMS was immediately called, and pronounced the male deceased on scene. The identity of the male has not yet been confirmed.

The Director of Law Enforcement was notified and has directed ASIRT to lead the investigation into this death. Therefore, the EPS will not be providing further comment.

MRU #: AR20006

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