A 48-year-old man has died while being held at a Edmonton Police Service (EPS) Southwest Division station.

According to an news release, “On June 23, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 48-year-old man who was found unresponsive in a holding cell in an EPS facility.”

At about 4 a.m. on June 23, EPS received a call reporting an individual behaving erratically at a gas station. EPS officers responded, and the 48-year-old man was arrested for public intoxication and transported to EPS Southwest Division station to be held in custody until sober.

At about 7 a.m., police found the man unresponsive inside his cell they say.

EMS attended and pronounced the man deceased. The date of birth the man provided at the time of arrest was incorrect; it has now been determined that the man was 48 years old.

With ASIRT’s investigation underway, no further information will be released at this time.

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.

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