LETHBRIDGE — Police answering a call in southern Alberta on the weekend about a disturbance with a weapon shot and killed an immigrant from Bhutan.
Two officers with the Lethbridge Regional Police Service were called to a west-side home shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday.
A police news release said the officers fired their weapons and hit a 26-year-old man, who died from his wounds.
Clif Purvis with the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) confirmed both officers fired “numerous” times, but he’s not sure they both hit the man.
He said there were several witnesses in the house. ASIRT investigators from Calgary arrived early Monday.
The officers were not injured.
A knife was recovered at the scene, but Purvis said he didn’t know if the man threatened the officers with the weapon before he was shot.
“That’s something the investigation will try and determine. At this point, I can’t say definitively one way or the other,” he said.
“We are on scene conducting an independent objective investigation into this incident.”
ASIRT is an independent group that investigates cases in which someone is seriously injured or killed as the result of police action. It decides whether criminal charges should be laid against the officers involved.
Purvis said Lethbridge police are co-operating with the investigation.
Police Chief Tom McKenzie said the dead man and his family had recently become Canadian citizens. Victim services staff were offering support to his relatives.
“It’s a very tragic loss for their family. It’s a very tragic loss for our community and it has impacted our members greatly,” said McKenzie.
He wouldn’t provide more details about the shooting, but said all officers receive training about the use of force.
“This is a worst-case scenario for everybody. It’s probably an officer’s worst nightmare.”