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A man has died in Edmonton after falling on his head while in police custody.

RCMP got a call about a reported assault and went to a residence in Prophet River, about one hour outside of Fort Nelson. They found a 51 year-old man at the residence who had an outstanding warrant against him.

While police led the man out of the building, he fell down some stairs, hurting his head and arm.

Paramedics were called and the man was transported to the hospital in Fort Nelson.

Early this morning his condition apparently worsened and he was transported to the University Hospital in Edmonton where he later died.

An independent team from the Lethbridge Regional Police Service will now be looking into the death.

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