January 20, 2019 2:09 pm

Joliette man injured during police intervention, BEI investigating

The BEI dispatched a team of eight investigators after a 24-year-old man was seriously injured during a police intervention in Joliette on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

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Quebec’s Bureau of independent investigations (BEI) is looking into the circumstances surrounding a late afternoon incident in Joliette, 75 kilometres east of Montreal, on Saturday.

The BEI dispatched a team of eight investigators after a 24-year-old man was seriously injured during a police intervention.

Preliminary information provided to the BEI suggests a 911 call reporting a man in distress in downtown Joliette, was lodged at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday.

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Some 10 minutes later, officers with the Sûreté du Québec, located the man behind a building.

The BEI says the officers noted the man seemed intoxicated and was bleeding.

The victim agreed to be transported by ambulance to hospital.

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However, during his transport, the victim allegedly began struggling while officers attempted to control him.

The BEI says the 24-year-old then suffered a heart attack and had to be resuscitated.

His condition is considered critical.

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The BEI is tasked with investigating the veracity of the preliminary reports.

Investigators left the scene at 1:55 a.m. on Sunday, but the investigation is ongoing.

The police watchdog group investigates whenever a civilian is seriously injured or killed during a police intervention, or while in police custody.

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