Alberta RCMP shot and killed a 27-year-old man following a vehicle pursuit on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, near Leduc, Alberta (south of Edmonton). The chase and killing began at a home in Blackfalds, north of Red Deer in central Alberta, at 8:15 AM.
It has been reported that RCMP were responding to a complaint about a gun, Police claim that when they arrived at a home in Blackfalds shots were fired at their vehicles and a woman who was a bystander was shot and taken to hospital with serious injuries.
It is reported that the man at the house left in a vehicle, and police attempted to stop him using a spike belt when the vehicle was potted heading north on the highway. Police undertook a pursuit of the vehicle and at least one witness has reported seeing five or six police SUVs on the wrong side of the road chasing a black BMW. A police vehicle was said to have struck the back of the BMW, spinning it sideways.
Multiple witnesses report hearing several shots in succession (CBC 2020; CP 2020). One witness reports hearing around 40 shots. That witness says this all happened in about five seconds. Police them charged the vehicle pulling the stricken man from it (CP2020).
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm in the province, is investigating the killing.
CBC News. 2020. “Man Killed, RCMP Officer Injured in Armed Confrontation South of Edmonton.” CBC News May 6. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/shooting-police-alberta-1.5557908
CP. 2020. “Man Dead, Mountie Injured After Shootout on Busy Highway Near Edmonton.” MSM May 6. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/man-dead-mountie-injured-after-shootout-on-busy-highway-near-edmonton/ar-BB13HrBV?ocid=spartanntp