Man dies in police custody

Cells in the basement of the Prince Albert Police Service headquarters. Arthur White-Crummey/Daily Herald

Prince Albert Police are investigating after a man was found dead in their custody Friday morning.

According to a press release, an officer found 34-year-old Ryan Kereluk unconscious and not breathing at about 7:54 a.m. during routine cell checks. Attempts to revive him using CPR were unsuccessful. Parkland Ambulance transported Kereluk to hospital, where he was officially pronounced deceased.

Kereluk had been arrested during a search warrant conducted by police at a residence in the 1400 Block of Sixth Avenue West Wednesday evening.

He had warrants out for his arrest from 2017 for break and enter, obstructing a peace officer, breaching an undertaking and breaching a recognizance. He had been arrested and interviewed, but not charged, in relation to a drug investigation.

He appeared before a Justice of the Peace on Thursday at the police station and was remanded for Friday appearance in provincial court.

Members of the Prince Albert Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the death, along with the coroner. An autopsy was performed Friday. The cause of death has not been determined.

The Ministry of Justice has been notified, as has Kereluk’s family.