The husband of an Okotoks town councillor was shot and killed by an RCMP officer after an armed standoff Saturday night.
Officers were called to an alleged domestic assault at a house on Alcock St. In Okotoks around 7:30 p.m. Saturday after reports a man had punched a teenage boy, RCMP Sgt. Patrick Webb said.
“When officers arrived, they were confronted by the adult male who was holding a shotgun, which he refused to point down and directly threatened the members,” Webb said.
Officers withdrew from the house and called in the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and evacuated several nearby homes.
The man didn’t respond to attempts at communication with officers on scene and around 2 a.m. he suddenly dashed out of the house carrying what police believed was a shotgun and was shot by an ERT member. The victim later died in a Calgary hospital.
Neighbours identified the man as Corey Lewis, the husband of town councillor Naydene Lewis and said the couple lived in the home for at least six years, and had four children.
C.J Hannis-Burrows saw a teenage boy outside the home holding his hands to his bleeding face as police cars started filing into the neighbourhood. Later than night, her son said he heard gunshots.
“I didn’t really know what was going on but I knew it was serious. It’s sad, I knew Naydene and saw Corey sometimes but they seemed like a quiet, normal family,” she said outside her home Sunday.
“It’s shocking. They would bring their car into the dealership I worked at. Naydene is a really good advocate for the community.”
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has taken over the investigation but declined to speak until Monday, but the officer who fired the shot has been placed on administrative duties as routine procedure.
Neighbours were milling about the cordoned off street as police officers continued to investigate Sunday.