Armed man shot by mountie
Wood Buffalo RCMP are reporting that one of their officers shot an allegedly armed man who confronted RCMP after mounties were called to the home by a citizen claiming to have heard gunshots from the home.
The incident began on Sunday, January 8 at just after 11 p.m., when Fort McMurray RCMP were called after someone heard shots fired at a home in Conklin, Alberta. Conklin is 170 Kms south of Fort McMurray.
Sergeant Tim Taniguchi of the RCMP says four RCMP officers responded to the home, arriving at the residence just before midnight. They were confronted by an armed man who was leaving the home. The man was shot and wounded by police. He was taken to hospital by EMS and is currently being treated for his injuries.
Police seized a 30-30 lever action rifle at the scene. Also, three other people at the home were taken into custody for questioning. One of the people was treated at the scene for injuries resulting from a taser which police allegedly had to use to restrain the man.
“The goal of every front-line officer is to resolve threats to public safety without the use of force. Unfortunately, given the unpredictable and dangerous nature of police work, that doesn’t always happen,” said Deputy Commissioner Dale McGowan, Commanding Officer of “K” Division RCMP. “The RCMP welcomes the independent review of this incident and will cooperate fully with ASIRT investigators.”
The shooting has been reported by the RCMP to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, or ASIRT, which is an independent body established by the Alberta Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security. The mandate of ASIRT is to investigate incidents or complaints involving serious injury or death of any person along with matters of a serious or sensitive nature that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer.
The scene in Conklin has been secured, pending the arrival of ASIRT investigators.
The RCMP has reported the incident to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), an independent body established by Alberta’s Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security with a mandate to investigate incidents or complaints involving serious injury or death of any person, and matters of a serious or sensitive nature, that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer. The RCMP has secured the scene pending the arrival of ASIRT investigators.