The provincial watchdog is investigating after a man was killed during a “confrontation” with Edmonton police in the city’s southeast on Wednesday night.
Edmonton police say they were called to a hotel in the area of 53 Avenue and Calgary Trail at 9:36 p.m. after receiving reports that a man was “damaging vehicles and discharging a firearm” in the hotel’s parking lot.
When police arrived, the man had left the area on foot. Officers located him ten minutes later near Gateway Boulevard and 54 Avenue.
According to police, officers exited their vehicle to engage with the man and then he fled on foot.
Police say there was a foot chase, followed by a “confrontation” between the man and police during which officers discharged their firearms.
Paramedics declared the man dead at the scene. Police say no officers were injured and that a firearm was located at the scene.
ASIRT has taken the lead in the investigation. The watchdog’s mandate is to probe incidents involving police in Alberta.