Friday, 17 August 2018

Teen vehicle fatality near Sherwood Park under investigation by ASIRT

ASIRT - On August 14, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate circumstances surrounding a single-vehicle rollover where a 16-year-old young man died following an encounter with Strathcona County RCMP.

At approximately 3 p.m., Strathcona County RCMP were involved in a stolen vehicle investigation. The vehicle, a silver GMC Yukon SUV, was located and followed to a commercial address on Broadmoor Boulevard in Sherwood Park, where RCMP members tried unsuccessfully to use their vehicles to box in the SUV and apprehend the three occupants.

The driver steered the stolen vehicle out of the parking lot and fled from police. RCMP members began to pursue the SUV, but were instructed to stop any pursuit. About seven minutes later, the RCMP received a 911 call reporting a single-vehicle rollover on the Sherwood Park Freeway. The rolled vehicle was confirmed to be the stolen GMC Yukon from the earlier incident. The 16-year-old was found dead in the front passenger seat of the stolen vehicle. Two men, aged 20 and 21, ran from the scene, but police located and arrested them a short time later.

The RCMP will retain conduct of the investigation into the possible criminal actions of the occupants of the SUV. ASIRT’s investigation will focus on the circumstances surrounding the police interaction with the vehicle and whether it was lawful.

With the investigation underway, ASIRT will not be releasing any further information at this time.

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.

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