A man fatally shot by police at Red Deer’s hospital on Monday was armed with a compound bow and arrows, say investigators.
The incident began when Red Deer RCMP received several calls around 8:50 p.m. about a grey Volkswagen Jetta being driven erratically. Police spotted the car a short time later entering the parkade at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.
Both the 46-year-old driver and an RCMP officer got out of their vehicles and the officer spoke with the man, said Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) on Thursday.
“The officer called for backup, which arrived a short time later while attempts to communicate with the man continued,” said ASIRT.
“At this time, a confrontation occurred between the man and the police officers on scene which resulted in several members of the RCMP discharging their service firearms.
“During this confrontation, the man sustained gunshot wounds, and RCMP members provided first aid to the man until the arrival of EMS, who pronounced the man dead at the scene.”
Video evidence obtained by ASIRT shows the man was holding a compound bow when he got out of his vehicle and confronted the officer.
“Following the incident, a compound bow and several arrows were recovered from the scene and have been seized as exhibits by ASIRT investigators.”
ASIRT is seeking witnesses to this incident, and asks any members of the public who may have witnessed the events inside the parking garage, or who may have video of the incident, to contact investigators at 403-592-4306. ASIRT’s investigation will examine the actions of police during this incident, while the RCMP will maintain responsibility for the investigation into the man and his actions.
ASIRT says its investigation continues and it 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.