ASIRT investigating after man found dead in Edmonton police cells

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating after a 23-year-old man was found dead in an Edmonton police holding cell at approximately 7:40 a.m. Friday, the Edmonton Police Service said.

A paramedic on duty, along with other staff, administered first aid until emergency medical services arrived after the man was found unresponsive during a routine check. The man was pronounced dead in hospital at 2:05 p.m., Friday, said police spokeswoman Cheryl Sheppard.

The man had two interactions with police, first at 11:30 a.m. Thursday when officers responded to a disturbance at a home near 45 Street and 22 Avenue. It was reported a 23-year-old man who did not reside at the home, but was known to the residents, was intoxicated and acting aggressively. The man was removed from the home, but police did not lay charges.

At 4:25 p.m. Thursday, police were contacted by the same residents saying the man had returned and entered the home without permission. Police took the man into custody for uttering threats and being unlawfully in a dwelling house.

The dead man’s name has not been released and Edmonton police said ASIRT has since taken the lead in the investigation.

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