The provincial police watchdog has been called to investigate after a man became unresponsive while in Edmonton police custody Thursday.
Edmonton police service (EPS) officers responded to the area of 32 Street and 138 Avenue around 11:48 p.m. to help emergency medical services treat a 50-year-old man who appeared to be intoxicated and combative.
The officers assisted with restraining the man while he continued to be erratic and resistant, an EPS news release said Friday. EMS then administered a sedative.
A short time later, he became unresponsive and went into medical distress. He was taken to hospital where he remains in serious condition.
The director of law enforcement has since been notified and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate.
ASIRT is mandated to investigate the conduct of police officers when a serious injury or death occurs. They also investigate allegations of serious police misconduct.