ALBERTA

Man Dies A Day After RCMP Use Taser On Him In Leduc, Alta.

08/04/2013 03:59 EDT | Updated 10/04/2013 05:12 EDT
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A man has died a day after RCMP used a Taser on him in Leduc, Alta., a spokesperson for Alberta's Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) says.

The 27-year-old man was taken into custody Friday night, following an altercation with RCMP officers at a gas station on the corner of 50th Street and 50th Avenue.

Officers used a conducted energy weapon, or Taser, to subdue the man before handcuffing him.

The man went into medical distress and lost consciousness, police said. He was taken to to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton where he was originally reported to be in critical condition, according to an ASIRT spokesperson.

RCMP said the man had been linked to a series of assaults, automobile thefts, driving complaints and hit and runs.

This is the second death linked to provincial RCMP officers in Alberta this weekend.

A man was fatally shot by another RCMP officer near Pigeon Lake on Saturday evening.

ASIRT, an independent body that investigates incidents involving serious injury or death that may relate to the actions of a police officer, is looking into both incidents.

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