ASIRT investigating death of suspect in St. Alberta RCMP shootings

On January 17, 2015, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed by the Director of Law Enforcement to investigate the death of a man suspected of involvement in the early morning shooting of two RCMP officers.

Early this morning, RCMP responded to a private rural residence, east of St. Albert, having tracked the man believed to have been responsible for the shooting of two RCMP officers earlier to that location. It appeared the residence had been broken into and an alarm had been set off.

RCMP set up containment around the premises. Attempts to initiate contact with the man were unsuccessful. Upon entry into the premises by members of the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT), the body of the man was located.

The man’s death, having occurred while contained in a residence under the custody and control of police officers, is considered to be an in custody death, triggering the application of s. 46.1 of the Police Act. ASIRT’s investigation will focus on the circumstances surrounding the death of the man in the residence. RCMP will maintain conduct of the investigation into the shooting of its two officers.

ASIRT has commenced its investigation, including responding to the residence, examining the scene and speaking with witnesses. Preliminary evidence supports suggestion that no shots were fired at any time by members of the RCMP.

Cause of death and the identity of the man are not being released pending further investigation.

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.