12/08/2015 05:21 EST | Updated 12/10/2015 12:59 EST

Edmonton Taser Death: Man Armed With Knife Dies After Struggle With Police

The 49-year-old was pronounced dead in hospital.

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EDMONTON — An agency that investigates police says it is looking into the death of a man in Edmonton after he was shocked with a Taser.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says officers were called to the home of the 49-year-old on Monday night.

It says the man was agitated and armed with a knife.

Police fired the Taser and, after a struggle, he was taken into custody.

The man went into medical distress while still in the home and officers preformed first aid until an ambulance arrived.

He was pronounced dead in hospital.

An autopsy is to be conducted to determine the cause of death.

"ASIRT's investigation will focus on the circumstances surrounding the police contact with the deceased to determine whether police conduct caused the man's death and, if so, whether that conduct constitutes a criminal offence,'' said a statement from the agency.

"ASIRT's investigation is in its very early stages and, as such, there will be no further comment until the investigation has been completed.''

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