This is the third police shooting so far this year, and the fourth person to be killed
Alberta’s police watchdog has been directed to investigate an Edmonton police shooting that killed a man, Friday morning.
At about 6:30 am, officers observed a man with what appeared to be a firearm in his hands at 103A Avenue and 96 Street, police said in a news release.
The officers observed the man as help was requested and tactical and canine officers attended the scene.
The man fled from police toward the LRT tracks along 95 Street and 105 Avenue, where police said a “confrontation occurred” and officers fired at the man. He was transported to hospital where he later died.
No officers were injured.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating.
There are serious delays to traffic and LRT travel.
Edmonton Transit Services (ETS) said that trains were not currently operating between Churchill and Stadium stations.
A replacement bus service between the stations is currently in effect on the Capital Line. There are no service disruptions on the Metro Line.
This is the third police shooting so far this year, and the fourth person to be killed.
On Feb. 23, police officers opened fire on 36-year-old Mitchell Tyler Potts, who was accused of using a weapon to rob an Oliver liquor store. Potts died at the scene near 107 Avenue and 105 Street, where ASIRT investigators say they found an “imitation” firearm.
Another man was struck in his apartment by a stray bullet. The 59-year-old, who was the apartment building’s resident manager, died in hospital a short time later.
Then on March 13, a man was killed during a confrontation with Edmonton police tactical unit.
According to police, the 39-year-old man who was wanted on more than two dozen outstanding provincial warrants and a Canada-wide warrant was being observed by officers.
He was seen getting into a vehicle with two women, after which they drove south to a building in the area of 105 Street and 38 Avenue. When the women left the vehicle, the tactical team attempted to arrest the man. Police said a confrontation occurred and officers fatally injured the man.
ASIRT’s investigations into the shootings are ongoing.
Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed Friday morning’s shooting or has video to contact them at 780-644-1483.