Human death while in custody

In the early morning of July 31, 2018, St. Paul RCMP received a disturbance complaint from a local hotel. A male was reported to be breaking windows at the hotel.

During the call for service, a confrontation between responding officers and the suspect resulted in a physical altercation. During the altercation, the male became unresponsive and was taken to the hospital where he was declared deceased.

One officer sustained minor injuries but has been released from the hospital and does not require further medical attention.

The Director of Law Enforcement has been notified and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. The RCMP remains the lead investigating agency on the events leading up to the serious incident, with ASIRT having carriage of the review of police actions.

The Alberta RCMP will not be commenting further on this incident.