Death of male recently in Fort Macleod RCMP cus­tody un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - The Country Bargaineer -

Oct. 4, 2020, at ap­prox­i­mately 8:18 p.m., Fort Macleod RCMP re­sponded to a call re­gard­ing an un­con­scious male.

Fort Macleod RCMP and EMS re­sponded and lo­cated an un­con­scious 72-year-old male on the side­walk in front of the Fort Macleod Pub­lic Li­brary. The male was trans­ported by am­bu­lance to the hospi­tal for treat­ment. The male was ex­am­ined, noted to be in­tox­i­cated but med­i­cally cleared at hospi­tal and re­leased two hours later into the cus­tody of the RCMP, with­out in­ci­dent.

Still ap­pear­ing grossly in­tox­i­cated and, un­able to lo­cate a per­son to re­lease him into the care of, the male was lodged in cells at the Fort Macleod RCMP De­tach­ment un­til he was be­lieved to have re­cov­ered suf­fi­cient ca­pac­ity that he could be safely re­leased. On Oct. 5, 2020 at ap­prox­i­mately 8:05 a.m., the male was re­leased from cells. RCMP mem­bers trans­ported the male at his re­quest to a nearby home where they left him in the com­pany of an­other per­son.

Later the same day, at ap­prox­i­mately 9:53 p.m., Fort Macleod RCMP re­sponded to the same res­i­dence on a call of a de­ceased male. The 72-year-old male was lo­cated de­ceased in­side the res­i­dence.

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 man’s de­ten­tion in cus­tody in­clud­ing any po­ten­tial nexus be­tween the de­ten­tion and the man’s death. The Al­berta RCMP will not be com­ment­ing fur­ther on this in­ci­dent. All me­dia en­quiries about this in­ci­dent should now be di­rected to ASIRT at 780-641-9099.

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