At 7:39 a.m., Cold Lake RCMP received a 911 call from a residence on the Cold Lake First Nation. A female caller was recorded saying, “Help…help.” A second call occurred shortly thereafter which indicated the female was at a neighbour’s house suffering from injuries to her hand and that a male at the first residence had “shot off a firearm.”

RCMP immediately attended and located the female at the neighbour’s house. The attending officers were informed that the male was thought to be inside the initial residence. The attending officers spoke to the male through an open window. The officers discharged their weapons at the male at 8:11 a.m. The male was later found dead in the residence. Upon entering the residence, RCMP found a firearm near the male’s body.

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

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.