A 28-year-old man died while officers of the Montreal Police Service (SPVM) tried to control him last night at L’Île-Bizard in western Montreal.
He was in crisis. He was reportedly a victim of cardiac arrest.
According to our information, the first policemen who arrived on the scene concluded that he was intoxicated by alcohol and drugs.
It is the Independent Investigations Bureau (EIB) that will try to determine the circumstances of the death, the organization said in a statement.
“The police officers would have responded to a call about a man in crisis. They reportedly appeared at the scene and were confronted with an aggressive individual, “the EIB said in a statement that includes preliminary information from the investigation.
“As they tried to control him, the man would have had a cardiac arrest. He was allegedly taken to hospital where his death was reported later. ”
A total of eight EIB investigators are expected to arrive later this morning.
“The EIB has appealed to the Sûreté du Québec to act as a police force in support of this investigation,” the statement said. The SQ will provide two forensic identification technicians who will work under the supervision of EIB investigators. ”
As usual, the SPVM refuses to comment on this event while the EIB is investigating.