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Reid said she had only met Powder a few times and did not know any of the circumstances that led to his death.
Police have not confirmed Powder’s identity. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the shooting.
Reid said Powder was the subject of an Edmonton Police Service release in November 2019 warning that he was being released from prison and was considered a violent offender.
The release stated Powder was known to commit offences against people he knew and did not know. He was released on conditions including a curfew from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m., refraining from buying, drinking or being in possession of alcohol or drugs and not being able to leave the city of Edmonton without written consent.
He was also not allowed to be in licensed premises or enter into any romantic or sexual relationships without informing his partner of his past convictions.
Neighbours said police were regularly in the area and appeared to be checking on Powder.
Lance Reid, Powder’s nephew, said Powder was trying to turn his life around and he had been doing a good job of doing so.
“He was one of the most peaceful men I knew and a real role model to look to for getting out of the street life and off drugs and alcohol,” said Lance Reid. “After his last conviction he dropped his gang ties and was living the sober life.”
The last time a person was killed in an Edmonton police officer-involved shooting was in January 2019.
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