On Sept. 18, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 48-year-old man in an officer-involved shooting.
At about 4:06 p.m. that afternoon, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) received multiple reports of a man armed with a firearm in the alley behind the Eastglen Motor Inn on 118 Avenue and 69 Street, and then in the backyard of a nearby residence. The man was identified by name and a description was provided.
Several units were dispatched to the location, and the EPS tactical unit responded. At about 4:14 p.m., the first officers on scene proceeded to the rear of the residence, while others arrived in front. At the rear of the residence, the officers encountered the man and a confrontation occurred that resulted in the two officers discharging their service weapons, striking the man and fatally wounding him.
A 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun with a single round in the chamber was recovered on scene. Eight additional loose shotgun shells were located in one of the man’s pockets, and a fully loaded magazine containing five rounds, along with one additional loose shotgun shell, were located in another pocket. The man was the subject of three Criminal Code court-ordered lifetime prohibitions from the possession of firearms and/or ammunition.
ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.