Was Okotoks shooting a suicide by cop? - Metro US

Was Okotoks shooting a suicide by cop?

Investigators believe a man shot and killed by police in Okotoks may have been on a suicide mission when he pointed an umbrella at officers during a standoff.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has taken over the investigation into whether lethal police action was justified when Okotoks Coun. Naydene Lewis’s husband was shot after a standoff with police Saturday night.

ASIRT executive director Clifton Purvis said Corey Lewis, 39, burst from the home unannounced, knelt down on one knee, raised the umbrella to his chin and pointed it at police when he was shot. Investigators found written material believed to be authored by the victim in the home afterwards.

“After having considered the content of this written material, ASIRT is investigating the possibility that the deceased intended suicide when he engaged the police,” Purvis said.

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