January 22nd, 2021

Fatal shooting in Blairmore investigated by ASIRT

By Shurtz, Delon on February 13, 2020.

Lethbridge Herald -BLAIRMORE

A man is dead following a police shooting Tuesday in Blairmore.

At about 5 p.m. two RCMP officers responding to a call for service tried to stop a vehicle in the parking lot of the Home Hardware store in Blairmore.

A confrontation with the driver ensued, during which the officers fired their guns. The vehicle travelled a short distance and then drove into a ditch.

When the vehicle came to rest, RCMP members determined the occupant of the vehicle had sustained gunshot wounds.

RCMP provided first aid until the arrival of EMS, who pronounced the man dead on scene.

The director of law enforcement has been notified and ASIRT, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the officer-involved shooting and the actions of police. The RCMP will also continue to investigate the events leading up to the confrontation with police.

ASIRT investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this incident or may have photos or video to call ASIRT at 403-592-4306.

As ASIRT’s investigation is underway, no further information will be released at this time.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

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