A man’s firearm was recovered following a shooting incident in Leduc. Contributed photo A man’s firearm was recovered following a shooting incident in Leduc. Contributed photo

Driver shot by police pointed a gun, say officials

The man who died in an incident that began in Blackfalds, and ended up in Leduc, pointed and fired his weapon at officers before he was killed, say officials.

At about 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, RCMP responded to a gun complaint at a Blackfalds residence. A man armed with a gun fired shots from the home, seriously injuring a woman.

No shots were fired by police, says the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, which is investigating the incident.

The man left the residence and fled in a black BMW sedan.

The vehicle was located travelling northbound on the QEII Highway and a brief pursuit ensued. RCMP deployed a tire deflation device, damaging the tires, but not rendering the car inoperable.

The BMW crossed the median and began travelling northbound in the southbound lanes of traffic.

Video recorded by RCMP shows the BMW stopped on the highway near Leduc, with police vehicles surrounding it, says the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.

A 27-year-old man was the lone occupant. He got out of the vehicle armed with a firearm, which he raised and pointed at police, says the team.

Both the man and police officers briefly exchanged gunfire.

The driver sustained injuries and fell to the ground. An RCMP officer also sustained serious injuries, says the team.

Officers provided emergency medical assistance to the driver and the injured officer, but the driver was pronounced dead.

The injured officer was taken to hospital in Edmonton. He has since been released.

The man’s firearm, a 12-gauge, semi-automatic, tactical-style shotgun was recovered.



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