Alberta police watchdog to probe death of man in Edmonton hospital

The Edmonton Police Service says Alberta’s police watchdog has been directed to investigate after a man died in hospital after an “altercation” that resulted in him being Tasered.

Police said members of the EPS Police and Crisis Team Unit as well as two EPS patrol members were called to conduct a mental health assessment on a 43-year-old man on Wednesday.

According to police, the officers were called to a home in the area of 87 Street and 112 Avenue at about 12:10 p.m.

“The assessment was requested following a call to EPS by the man’s psychiatrist, who was concerned for his client’s well-being, following a violent incident the previous day,” police said in a news release.

“It was reported to police that the male attempted to breach the residence door of a family member earlier this week.”

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