Sundre RCMP assist AHS with subject who later died; “physically violent subject at the local hospital”

Sundre, Alberta – On Sept. 23, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the death of a 72-year-old man after police involvement.

At 8:30 that morning, the man went to the Sundre hospital and was seen by medical staff. He was assessed and admitted under the Mental Health Act. Against the directions of medical staff, he then went outside at approximately 10:30 a.m. An Alberta Health Services peace officer went with him and, as he was exiting the hospital, an altercation occurred between them.

The peace officer called police and, at approximately 11 a.m., an officer from the Sundre RCMP detachment arrived. The police officer and the peace officer spoke to the man outside of the hospital for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, and then a physical altercation occurred. The man went into medical distress and medical staff began to treat him. Their efforts were unsuccessful, however, and the man was declared deceased at approximately noon.

ASIRT’s investigation will examine the circumstances surrounding the uses of force. No additional information will be released.

As part of its ongoing investigation, ASIRT is continuing efforts to identify people who may have witnessed aspects of the confrontation between the man and police. ASIRT is asking anyone who may have been in the area and may have witnessed these events and/or may have video to contact investigators at 403-592-4306.

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.

Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT)

BACKGROUND

Sundre, Alberta – On Sept. 23, 2022, at approximately 10:54 a.m., Sundre RCMP responded to a 911 call from an Alberta Health Services Peace Officer to assist with a physically violent subject at the local hospital. Upon arrival, a physical confrontation occurred. Following the confrontation, the male subject went into medical distress.

At approximately 12:20 p.m., the 72-year-old male subject, a resident of Sundre, died in hospital.

Violent Subject at Hospital
Violent Subject at Hospital

The Alberta 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. This is why, as soon as we became aware of this incident, we immediately notified the Director of Law Enforcement and initiated our internal review process. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the actions of the police and Peace Officer during this investigation.

Independent of ASIRT’s investigation, the Alberta RCMP’s internal review process has been implemented to gather a full account of what took place during this incident. RCMP training, policy, police response, and the duty status of the members involved will be subject to review. The Alberta RCMP is, of course, fully cooperating with ASIRT and will not be commenting further on this incident.

Sundre RCMP

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