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Man shot, killed in standoff with police

An overnight standoff with police in northern Alberta has ended with a 37-year-old man being shot dead.

An overnight standoff with police in northern Alberta has ended with a 37-year-old man being shot dead.

RCMP Sgt. Patrick Webb said the Lakeshore Regional Police Service was called Friday night to a report of a disturbance at a home the Driftpile First Nation.

Someone fired a shot when police approached, so the force requested backup from the RCMP emergency response team.

More than a dozen RCMP officers, along with several local police, were outside the home when the man stepped outside at about 9:30 Saturday morning.

“Eventually that individual came out with the firearm and was subsequently shot by one of our members,” Webb said.

No one else was injured.

Webb said he didn’t know the type of firearm the man had, or whether the man had raised the gun or pointed it at officers before the Mountie opened fire.

Such details, Webb said, will be examined by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, an independent group that investigates serious incidents involving police.

“All those details about exactly what happened, the circumstances, his actions and the actions of our members and all that will be subject to the investigation of the ASIRT team. They’re very experienced investigators that will be looking into all those details that are very, very important,” Webb said.

Webb said he didn’t know whether anyone else was inside the home at the time.

 
 
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