Edmonton police shot and killed a 26-year-old man in the evening of January 2, committing the first known police killing of a civilian in 2019. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) reports that the police were first called to the area where the killing occurred at around 2:30 PM in response to an alleged assault inside a residence in the area of 47th Street and 101A Avenue. Five warrants for a man’s arrest were issued on several charges including assault causing bodily harm and unlawful confinement.
Later that evening, at around 9 PM, police returned to the area and, with the assistance of a canine unit, officers surrounded the residence. They claim they received a tip that the man had returned to the same apartment and broken in. When the man stepped outside, officers discharged their weapons, striking the man who died at the scene.
No further details have been released publicly at this point. None of the claims made by police have been independently confirmed publicly.
This is the second killing of a civilian by Edmonton police in about a week. On Boxing Day Edmonton police shot and killed Buck Evans.