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ASIRT investigation into Athabasca RCMP officer-involved shooting continues

On Sept. 20, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting in Calling Lake that resulted in the death of a 51-year-old man.

On Sept. 19, at about 11:15 p.m., members of the Athabasca RCMP detachment responded to a residence in Calling Lake in response to a series of 911 calls. The responding officers were dispatched to reports that the caller had made a statement suggesting he intended an armed confrontation with police. Upon arrival at the location, RCMP members located the 51-year-old man outside the residence. Shortly thereafter, he re-entered the residence.

RCMP contained the location, awaiting the arrival of backup and the Emergency Response Team (ERT). During this time, police were able to make contact with the man by phone. At about 1:32 a.m., prior to the arrival of ERT, the man emerged from the residence while carrying a firearm and began to walk down the road. At that time, a confrontation occurred with RCMP members during which one police officer discharged his service firearm, striking the man. RCMP provided first aid to the man until the arrival of EMS, who pronounced the man dead. A loaded lever-action .30-30 rifle and a spent shell casing were recovered from the scene of the confrontation.

A loaded lever-action .30-30 rifle and a spent shell casing were recovered from the scene of the confrontation. (RCMP photo)

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