A 44-year-old man who died after suffering some sort of medical problem while in custody in Prince Albert was in the local hospital — awaiting treatment — less than three hours before his arrest, according to new information released by police.
The man's name has not been released.
Police announced last week that a prisoner had to be taken to hospital, but died. At the time of the initial release, police only indicated that the man had been arrested following a complaint from security officers at Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert.
Police said they were contacted by hospital security around 6:35 a.m. CST Thursday. Around 9:10 a.m., police called for an ambulance because the man needed medical attention.
On Monday, police added some details on what led up to the man's arrest including the fact that he was awaiting treatment at the time of his arrest.
"This individual was brought in from another jurisdiction [and ]he was awaiting treatment," Sgt. Kelly McLean told CBC News Monday. "He allegedly became somewhat disruptive there, and security called us and we brought him here."
According to McLean, the prisoner was taken back to hospital when officers noticed he was having difficulty breathing.
He died, in hospital, a short time later.
McLean said the police are looking into why the man was originally taken to hospital. They're also investigating to learn more about the alleged disturbance.
McLean said that, although the man was in custody, there were no criminal-code charges pending.
It was not known, at this stage of the investigation, if the man was awaiting treatment after having been examined by staff, or was waiting to see hospital staff.