“The checks are conducted in cells every 15 minutes,” said Staff Sgt. Greg Mason. Mason said the man would have been checked shortly before he was found unresponsive.
“At that time there was nothing noted by the booking officer,” he said.
Police say officers immediately called paramedics, but the man was dead.
Mason said from the time the man was arrested to the time he was found unresponsive, he was alone in a single cell.
A statement from police said the man had been arrested in Halifax for public intoxication last night at around 10:30 p.m.
Mason said he could not say more about where the man was arrested because police are still trying to find his next of kin.
Police say more details are expected to be released after the man’s next of kin are notified.
The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy and the province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) is investigating.
Whenever someone in custody is found to have suffered a serious injury or death that may have been a result of police action, it’s standard procedure for SIRT to investigate.