Male with gun fatally shot in confrontation with Grande Prairie RCMP, Alberta police watchdog investigating

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A man armed with a gun confronted RCMP outside a Grande Prairie home Sunday night before he was fatally shot dead.

Officers in the northern city called to a disturbance at the home around 7:05 p.m. Sunday were met outside the residence by a male armed with a firearm, Grande Prairie RCMP said in a Monday news release.

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An altercation ensued before shots were fired and the male was wounded, police said. Officers provided first aid and emergency medical services (EMS) was called in. EMS transported him to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

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Alberta’s police watchdog is investigating the death.

The director of law enforcement was notified, with the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding police, and RCMP initiated its internal review process, said the news release.

Independent of ASIRT’s investigation, the RCMP’s internal review process is intended to gather a full account of what took place during the case, including officer training, policy, response, and the member’s duty status.

ASIRT was created in 2008 to investigate cases involving Alberta police that result in serious injury or death, as well as allegations of police misconduct.

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