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ASIRT probes use of Taser by Edmonton police on man near Fox Drive

Edmonton police are being investigated after they used a Taser and a police dog while apprehending a 20-year-old man they later charged with murder.

20-year-old man later charged with murder in death Christopher Fawcett, 19

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating the use of a stun gun on a man on Fox Drive near the Alfred H. Savage Centre where 19-year-old Christopher Fawcett was stabbed to death on Saturday, Oct. 22. (Google Maps)

Edmonton police are being investigated after they used a Taser and a police dog while apprehending a 20-year-old man they later charged with murder.

Around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, Edmonton police were called to Fox Drive near Fort Edmonton Park Road where they found the man shirtless, seemingly under the influence of drugs or alcohol, wandering along the street.

As officers approached, the man tried to run away, but was tracked down with help from the police helicopter and a police service dog.

Officers tried to restrain the man before using a Taser.

The man was taken to hospital where he was treated for any substances he may have ingested and a collapsed lung.

The next day, the acting director of law enforcement directed the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team to conduct an investigation into the confrontation, ASIRT revealed in a news release Monday.

The investigation is into the circumstances that resulted in the use of force by police, ASIRT said.

The altercation with the man occurred around the same time as Edmonton police were investigating the fatal stabbing of Christopher Fawcett, 19, a few hundred metres away.

Fawcett's body was found Saturday at 8:30 p.m. near the Alfred H. Savage Centre just off Fox Drive east of Fort Edmonton Park Road.

The 20-year-old man apprehended that night was later charged with second-degree murder, possession of a dangerous weapon, assaulting a peace office and resisting arrest.

ASIRT investigates incidents involving police that resulted in serious injury or death, as well as allegations of police misconduct.

The Saturday incident is the second involving use of force by Edmonton police in just over a month.

At 2 a.m. on Sept. 17, a man suffered a broken elbow after officers tried issuing a ticket for open liquor at Whyte Avenue and 103rd Street.