Lloydminster RCMP had been investigating a complaint of a stolen vehicle, and received information from the owner of the vehicle that it had been observed driving in Lloydminster. RCMP members located the vehicle just west of the city. An encounter occurred between the occupants of the vehicle and members of the RCMP, during which the vehicle left the road and one police officer discharged his service pistol.
The vehicle returned to the road and fled from police, who pursued and maintained intermittent contact with the vehicle until it was once again located in the area of the 4200 block of 56 Avenue in Lloydminster. At that location, officers approached the vehicle and another altercation occurred, during which another police officer discharged his service pistol.
The 27-year-old driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, and two RCMP members were taken to hospital as a result of their injuries. The female occupant of the vehicle was uninjured and was taken into custody by the RCMP.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed either of the incidents in which a firearm was discharged and anyone who may have taken video of those incidents to contact ASIRT at 780-644-1483.
ASIRT’s investigation will focus on the actions of police during this incident, while the RCMP will maintain responsibility for the investigation into the circumstances that led up to the incident, as well as the surviving occupant of the vehicle. As the investigation is underway, no further information will be released at this time.
ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.
This release is distributed by the Government of Alberta on behalf of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.
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