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Outside police force to investigate death of man arrested in Saskatoon

SASKATOON – Police in Saskatoon say they’ve asked an outside force to investigate after a man they arrested died while in an ambulance on the way to hospital.

Several calls were received early Saturday morning, police say, claiming the man had a large butcher knife and a bottle of alcohol, and was screaming that people were trying to kill him.

When officers arrived, police say the 32-year fled on foot but was found a short time later with his face covered in blood.

They say while officers were figuring out what happened, the man became aggressive and spat blood at the officers and appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant.

Police say there was a brief struggle while they arrested him, and that he became unresponsive when the ambulance arrived.

They say the Regina Police Service has been asked to conduct an independent, external investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death, and the province will appoint an independent observer.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 18, 2022.

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