At 11:38 a.m., an Elizabeth Metis Settlement resident called Cold Lake RCMP to report an unwanted man on an ATV. The caller said that he had told the man he was not welcome, and the man then pointed a gun at him.

Responding officers located the man and the ATV at a residence approximately one hour later. The man drove the ATV into a nearby forested area and became stuck in the snow and trees. Officers approached the man on foot and, amid the resulting interaction, one of the officers discharged his firearm. The ATV was struck, but the man was not. Officers then arrested the man and found a loaded firearm in the ATV.

Firearm located in the ATV

Firearm located in the ATV

ASIRT’s investigation will examine the use of force. No additional information will be released.

As part of its ongoing investigation, ASIRT is continuing efforts to identify people who may have witnessed aspects of the confrontation between the man and police. ASIRT is asking anyone who may have been in the area and may have witnessed these events and/or may have video to contact investigators at 780-644-1483.

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.