Man dead after lengthy standoff with RCMP at home northeast of Calgary

COCHRANE, Alta. — A man in Alberta has died after an officer shot him following a lengthy standoff in a home northeast of Calgary.

RCMP say in a news release that they were called to the residence in Cochrane shortly after 7 p.m. Friday over concerns for the man’s well-being, and for that of his partner.

Police say the man was believed to possess numerous guns, and that when RCMP arrived, he barricaded himself inside his home.

They say an Emergency Response Team negotiator couldn’t convince him to leave peacefully, and that “alternate means were deployed to force the man out.”

When he did emerge, the release says there was a confrontation and a member of the Emergency Response Team discharged a service weapon, injuring the man.

Police say he was transported to hospital but died on the way.

“The Director of Law Enforcement has been notified and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the officer involved shooting and the actions of police,” the news release stated.

“The RCMP will continue to investigate the actions of the man and the events leading up to the confrontation with police.”

The release said no officers were injured and “no other civilians were directly involved in confrontation.”

When reached Saturday morning, RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott said the incident lasted about six hours.

Scott would not elaborate on the relationship between the man and his partner, nor would she say whether anyone else was inside the home with the man during the standoff.

ASIRT said in a tweet that it has been directed to investigate an RCMP officer-involved shooting that occurred overnight in Cochrane.

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