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Updated: 9th August 2018 11:20

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Fatal altercation with border officers treated as in-custody death, police say

The death of a man Tuesday after an altercation with border officers at the Calgary International Airport is being treated as an in-custody death, according to Calgary police.

Calgary police will provide an update coming up live at 11:30 a.m.

Calgary police to speak about the death of a man removed from an aircraft at the Calgary International Airport this week. 0:00

The death of a man Tuesday after an altercation with border officers at the Calgary International Airport is being treated as an in-custody death, according to Calgary police.

The man, described by the Canadian Border Services Agency as a foreign national, was on board a jet destined for Amsterdam when he had an altercation with two CBSA officers who were trying to remove him from the country.

The altercation took place prior to takeoff and the plane was forced to return to the gate, where the Calgary Police Service's airport unit was called to the scene.

Officers found the man in medical distress. He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The two CBSA officers were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Manner of death not yet determined

An autopsy was performed on Wednesday and police say the cause and manner of death are still being determined.

The man's identity will not be released until his next of kin have been notified of his death.

On Wednesday, federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale described the circumstances of the man's removal as a "normal removal from the country when a person has been determined to be inadmissible."

Calgary police will discuss the incident at a press conference scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Calgary police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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