ASIRT investigating man’s arrest in Red Deer where he sustained serious injury

Man jumped in river to flee from police officers

The case of a 28-year-old man who was knocked down by an RCMP vehicle is being investigated.

In an attempt to flee, the man jumped into the river.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is looking for public assistance as the investigation continues.

Red Deer RCMP officers saw a vehicle displaying a licence plate that did not match the vehicle, at about 1:10 p.m. on June 4.

Police attempted a traffic stop, however, the vehicle failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed.

Officers did not pursue the vehicle at that time, but later located the same vehicle and initiated a pursuit, ASIRT says.

The pursuit crossed into a park area, where the subject vehicle was observed driving on sidewalks and walking paths.

After officers immobilized the vehicle with a spike belt, the driver, a 28-year-old man, attempted to flee on foot.

As the man ran away, an unmarked RCMP SUV made contact with him, knocking him to the ground.

The man quickly got to his feet, continued to flee from police, and jumped into the river.

The man was removed from the water with the assistance of a police service dog. Once in custody, it was determined the man had sustained serious injury to both legs.

ASIRT investigators are asking anyone who was in Michener Bend Park at the time of the incident, and observed or recorded video of the events, to contact investigators at 403-592-4306.

ASIRT’s investigation will examine the conduct of police during this incident, while the RCMP will maintain responsibility for the investigation into the man and his actions.



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

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