RCMP officers shot and killed a man in Lloydminster, Alberta, on February 2, 2020. According to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, RCMP shot and killed a man they believed to be driving a stolen vehicle. ASIRT report that RCMP fired earlier upon encountering the vehicle, before later finding the vehicle again and firing the fatal shot. A woman who was a passenger in the vehicle was arrested by RCMP officers.
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A 24-year-old woman was killed in a car crash following multiple pursuits by RCMP near Red Deer, Alberta on July 31, 2019. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating. According to ASIRT, police were called at about 12:35 PM in response to reports of gunshots in the town of Blackfalds, about 15 kilometers north of Red Deer. Locating a described vehicle, police allegedly made at least three attempts to pursue it before it was struck by a pickup truck eastbound on Highway 11. The truck driver was treated on the scene for minor injuries. The 24-year-old woman passenger in the Mustang was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital, where she later died. The drive of the pursued vehicle, a 27-year-old man, was airlifted to a hospital in Edmonton, where he is in stable condition, according to ASIRT.
A 43-year-old man died on July 1, 2019, after being arrested by Edmonton Police Service officers on June 28. According to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, reports that officers allegedly went to 100 Avenue and 114 Street at around 10:30 PM on June 28 in response to a complaint about a man starting small fires in the area. Police encountered a man and arrested him in a violent takedown.
According to ASIRT, police only determined the man was in medical distress after he was carried to a police van. He was then removed from the van and an ambulance called. The man was taken to hospital, where he died on the evening of July 1.
The arrest was recorded and a portion of the video posted to social media.
A Calgary police officer shot and killed a woman early in the morning of June 26, 2019. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the group that examines cases of police harming covilians in the province, is investigating.
It has been reported that police were called to the 2000 block of 35th Street SE at around 6 AM in response to a call claiming a “suspicious person” was wandering in and out of backyards in the area. Some interaction took place between the officer and the woman before the victim was shot. Unconfirmed reports suggest the victim used pepper spray during the interaction.
The officer who killed has been described as a female officer with six years in the Calgary Police Service. She has been placed on 30-day paid administrative leave.
This is the second police-involved death in Calgary in a week.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating the death of a woman during an unspecified interaction with police officers in downtown Calgary early in the morning of June 19, 2019. It has been reported that the death occurred along Riverfront Avenue in the city’s center. No other information has been released publicly, including why police interacted with the woman or what the interaction involved.
(Initial news reports identified the victim as a man rather than a woman.)
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.
Edmonton police shot and killed a 34-year-old man who has been identified by family as Buck Evans on Boxing Day in southeast Edmonton. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, has said that the fatal interaction began with a police traffic stop. It ended with police firing several rounds, striking and killing the victim who was pronounced dead shortly after 2:45 PM.
A witness, Dustin Waterson used his phone to record part of the interaction. That video records more than 30 gunshots. Waterson expressed shock at the number of shots fired by police and the fact that officers fired directly toward an apartment complex putting residents at great risk.
In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) Waterson said: “Far too many as far as I’m concerned. It’s one thing for cops to get the bad guys, or whatever you want to call them, but it’s the fact that they were shooting towards the apartment building” (quoted in Cummings 2018).
Buck Evans was father to a young son.
Cummings, Madeleine. 2018. “Man Killed by Police on Boxing Day Fired Gun, ASIRT Says.” CBC News December 28. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/man-killed-boxing-day-fired-gun-asirt-investigation-condo-1.4961031