Halifax Regional Police has referred an incident to the Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) after a man in police custody was taken to hospital in critical condition.
At 9:38 p.m. on August 22, Halifax Regional Police responded to a Dartmouth address for a report of an intoxicated man. Officers located the 47-year-old man and arrested him for public intoxication under the liquor control act. He was then transported to Police Headquarters where he was placed in cells. Prisoner Care Facility staff were conducting their routine checks at 10:42 p.m. when they discovered that the man was unresponsive. They immediately performed first aid and called for EHS who responded and transported the man to hospital where he remains. It is believed that his condition is life-threatening.
Halifax Regional Police referred the incident to SIRT and they will be conducting an investigation into this matter. Any questions about their investigation should be directed to SIRT.