Man, 53, dies of heart attack in police custody
Montreal police were trying to handcuff a 53-year-old man when he suffered a fatal heart attack.
Published Sunday, March 13, 2016 11:36AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, March 14, 2016 7:09AM EDT
A police operation turned deadly Sunday morning in Montreal, when a handcuffed man went into cardiac arrest.
The incident occurred at about 5:15 a.m. when the 53-year-old man crossed on a red light on Sherbrooke St. at the corner of Bossuet St. in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough.
Montreal police officers stepped in and discovered the man was highly intoxicated. Police say he refused to cooperate. The officers put him in handcuffs, and that's when he collapsed.
As is usual following the death of someone in the custody of a police department, another force has been asked to investigate: the Sureté du Quebec.
"This person was heavily intoxicated, and when they proceeded to handcuff this person, this person fell into cardiac arrest," said SQ spokesperson Claude Denis.
Police were not able to resuscitate him and he was confirmed dead in hospital.