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ASIRT: Officer Involved Shootings Investigated

 

ASIRT concludes investigation into RCMP officer-involved shooting near Tofield

On January 6, 2014, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed by the Director of Law Enforcement to investigate an RCMP officer-involved shooting that occurred near Tofield, Alberta.
On the same date, two rural residences were broken into and property was stolen including firearms. During the course of the investigation, RCMP officers received information that led them to attempt to locate a particular individual. RCMP officers responded to the residence of an associate of this individual to seek information about his potential whereabouts.

At that location, the officers encountered the individual they were seeking. A confrontation occurred that resulted in one officer sustaining severe, life-threatening injuries, having been struck by a vehicle. A second officer sustained a gunshot wound and the individual in question also received non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to both arms.

ASIRT conducted a thorough and independent investigation into the conduct of the RCMP officers at the time of the incident. Having reviewed the investigation, Executive Director, Ms. Susan D. Hughson, Q.C., has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe the conduct of any of the officers involved constituted an offence in law. As such, no charges will be pursued against any of the involved officers.

The man who was the subject of this officer-involved shooting remains before the Courts in relation to offences arising out of his conduct during the incident. As such, ASIRT will not comment further with respect to this matter.

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.

ASIRT investigates RCMP officer-involved shooting in Lloydminster

On January 27, 2015, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed by the Director of Law Enforcement to investigate a RCMP officer-involved shooting in Lloydminster, Alberta.
Early this morning, RCMP officers responded to a break and enter in progress at a liquor store in the City. A suspect vehicle fled the area and was pursued. A spike belt was deployed but did not stop the vehicle.

At some point during this incident, shots were fired at the vehicle by an RCMP officer. The pursuit continued until the vehicle stopped. The suspect vehicle contained two men who were both arrested and taken to the local detachment.

ASIRT has commenced its investigation. Preliminary evidence suggests that the men in the suspect vehicle were not injured during the incident.

The ASIRT investigation will focus on the circumstances surrounding the conduct of the officer in firing a service weapon. The RCMP will continue to investigate the actions of the occupants of the suspect vehicle. As ASIRT’s investigation continues, no further information will be released.

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 pursuant to s. 46.1 of the Police Act. For policy reasons, this includes when an officer fires his weapon during an incident, even though no injury results.

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