Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) officials are investigating after Calgary police officers assisted paramedics in restraining a combative patient.
Insp. Guy Slater said four police officers responded to the call for assistance Tuesday night in the city’s northeast to assist in restraining a man in his 40s who was under medical duress.
The man is in critical condition in hospital. “There is no indication at this time of an elevated use of force involving a baton, pepper spray, conductive energy weapon or a firearm,” Slater said.
Calgary Police Association president John Dooks said police used physical force.
“He is known to police. He was known to me in 1985 in that same area when I was on patrol,” Dooks said, adding he was involved in a struggle with the man.
EMS spokesperson Adam Loria said the man was already in critical condition when paramedics arrived on scene.