At approximately 10:00 a.m., RCMP members attempted to arrest a suspect at a rural residence on the Frog Lake First Nation. A standoff followed that continued for several hours despite numerous attempts at establishing contact through an RCMP negotiator. Late in the evening, a confrontation occurred which resulted in members discharging firearms.
No officers were hurt and there was no concern for public safety at any point.
The Director of Law Enforcement has been notified and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding police conduct and the death of the man. The RCMP remains the lead investigating agency on the events leading up to the serious incident, with ASIRT having carriage of the review of police actions.
On the same date at approximately 10 a.m., RCMP officers were searching for a man wanted in relation to a robbery. Police located the man at a family member’s rural residence on the Frog Lake First Nation. RCMP officers attended and confirmed the man was present, but he refused to exit the residence.
As police took steps to obtain a warrant to enter the residence, the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) responded to the area and contained the residence. ERT members tried, for hours, to negotiate the man’s peaceful surrender.
Shortly after 9 p.m., the situation escalated, resulting in officers firing their service weapons. The man was struck by gunfire and fatally wounded during the confrontation. Investigators recovered a sawed-off firearm at the scene.
ASIRT’s investigation will focus on the conduct of police and the circumstances surrounding the officer-involved shooting. The RCMP will maintain conduct of the robbery investigation and any related investigations.
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.