The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has released a statement regarding their investigation into the fatal shooting of a 33-year-old man by Mounties east of Red Deer.
The fatal shots were fired during an incident Friday morning near Highway 11 and Range Road 234 southwest of Alix.
ASIRT says it was at about 9:15 a.m. that RCMP responded to a complaint of a driver who was either sleeping or passed out in a vehicle parked on the side of a range road between Stettler and Red Deer.
Three officers responded and located a vehicle that had been reported stolen and that a lone man appeared to be sleeping or unconscious in the driver’s seat.
ASIRT says two officers then approached the driver’s side of the vehicle to address the man and remove him from the vehicle. A struggle ensued and the man put the stolen vehicle in reverse, striking one of the officers with the driver’s door. The reversing vehicle rammed an unoccupied RCMP vehicle parked behind it with enough force to send the cruiser into the ditch and causing it to roll.
Two of the three officers fired their service weapons, causing fatal injuries to the man, who was declared dead after being taken to hospital.
ASIRT says the officer who was struck and dragged was not seriously injured, while the two other officers were not hurt.
In addition to other evidence, ASIRT says investigators have located and secured recorded video of the incident.
The man’s family has been notified of the incident.
ASIRT says no further information will be publicly released until it has been concluded and those impacted by the incident and the investigation have been notified of the outcome.
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