Prince Albert police issue warrant after investigation into death of 21-year-old man found with life-threatening injuries during traffic stop

Prince Albert police have issued a warrant for the arrest of 26-year-old Joseph Curtis Madden after an investigation into the death of Madison Rene Bird-Simaganis.Madden faces one charge of second degree murder.

He goes by the name Curtis, and has ties to the Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Cumberland House areas.If spotted, residents are asked to avoid approaching him and instead contact their nearest police agency immediately.

They can also call the Prince Albert Police Tip Line at 306-953-4263, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Madden is described as 5’6″ tall and roughly 140 lbs. He has a tattoo of a cross on his left hand between the thumb and forefinger, and a tattoo of “MADDEN” on his right forearm.Bird-Simaganis, 21, was found with serious, life-threatening injuries during a traffic stop by Prince Albert police just before midnight on Jan. 9. He later died in hospital of his injuries.

On Tuesday, his family remembered him as a proud father who leaves behind a five-year-old daughter, with a second child on the way.The family released a statement saying Bird-Simaganis stepped into a situation where “he never expected to lose his life.” They described him as someone who was always ready to help wherever he was needed.

with files from Thia James/Saskatoon StarPhoenix