ASIRT releases more details on officer-involved shooting in Red Deer

ASIRT confirms the suspect was in possession of a knife when he was shot

A knife or a sword was confirmed to be in the possession of a man who was shot by police in Red Deer earlier this week. (Photo courtesy of ASIRT)

A knife or a sword was confirmed to be in the possession of a man who was shot by police in Red Deer earlier this week. (Photo courtesy of ASIRT)

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is continuing to investigate after an RCMP officer shot a man during a break-in on Tuesday in the Maxwell Avenue area.

Police entered the residence around 6 p.m. and confronted a 29-year-old man who was known to the homeowner. During the encounter, an officer shot his gun, injuring the man. The man surrendered and was taken into custody.

According to the ASIRT investigation, a witness confirmed he heard commands from the officer for the suspect to drop a weapon before shots were fired.

Police recovered a bladed weapon and the injured man confirmed he was in possession of a weapon, which he referred to as a knife or a sword.

ASIRT said more work needs to be done to determine what exactly happened at the scene.

“It remains to be established what, if anything, the man may have done with the weapon; what the officers, including the officer who discharged his firearm, observed; and what prompted the use of potentially lethal force,” it said.