A man killed in a confrontation with RCMP in Calling Lake was carrying a rifle, Alberta’s police watchdog said Monday.
The 51-year-old man called 911 multiple times around 11:15 p.m. Saturday asking the Athabasca RCMP to respond to his home, commenting during the calls about seeking a police “shootout,” said Mounties in a Sunday news release.
RCMP members located the man outside. He re-entered a residence shortly after.
Officers at that point contained the area before the RCMP emergency response team was contacted for deployment to the site, about 210 kilometres north of Edmonton.
Before the emergency response team arrived, at about 1:32 a.m., “the man emerged from the residence while carrying a firearm and began walking down the road,” the ASIRT release said.
A police officer shot the man after a confrontation, and RCMP provided first aid to the man until the arrival of EMS, who pronounced the man dead.
Police recovered a loaded lever-action .30-30 rifle and a spent shell casing from the scene.
ASIRT’s investigation will examine the conduct of police during this incident, while the RCMP will maintain responsibility for the investigation into the man and his actions. With ASIRT’s investigation underway, no further information will be released at this time.
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