On December 27, 2015, the Director of Law Enforcement directed ASIRT (Alberta Serious Incident Response Team) to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting on that same day in Edmonton.
Shortly before 4 a.m., Edmonton Police Service (EPS) members were dispatched to an address in west Edmonton in response to a 911 call regarding a male who was threatening to shoot himself. Upon the arrival of the EPS, a man carrying what appeared to be a long-barreled weapon, exited the residence and confronted police. During the confrontation, one officer discharged his service weapon and the man was struck.
The injuries sustained by the 50-year old man were serious. He was provided with emergency medical attention and transported to hospital where he required surgery. With ASIRT’s investigation underway, further comment will not be available until the investigation is completed.
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.