Man shot and killed by police near Cold Lake; police dog injured

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A man is dead after being shot by an RCMP officer near Cold Lake Sunday — the second fatal shooting involving Alberta RCMP officers in the province in a span of three days.

On Monday, RCMP revealed an officer had shot and killed an unidentified man during a Sunday evening foot chase near Ardmore, Alta., a hamlet 260 km northeast of Edmonton.

The incident began at 6:50 p.m. when Cold Lake RCMP received a call about a “dispute” inside a vehicle. RCMP began a search, calling in a police service dog team to track the suspect.

After a while, officers found the man and a “confrontation” ensued that ended with an officer firing their weapon. The suspect suffered life-threatening injuries and died at the scene despite emergency first aid provided by the officers.

The police service dog was taken to a veterinarian after suffering minor injuries.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, the province’s police watchdog, is investigating the man’s death.

The news comes just days after a 29-year-old man was shot and killed in a shootout with police near High Prairie.

Lionel Ernest Grey, 29, of the Gift Lake Metis Settlement, died of his injuries Friday after a manhunt that allegedly began when he failed to pull over for a traffic stop. An RCMP police service dog named Jago was killed during the exchange of gunfire.

ASIRT is also investigating Grey’s death.

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