May 25th, 2024

RCMP officer cleared in deadly shooting on Alberta First Nation

By The Canadian Press on April 16, 2024.

The RCMP logo is seen on a podium ahead of a news conference in St. John's on Saturday, June 24, 2023. Alberta's police watchdog says an officer didn't commit a criminal offence following a deadly shooting three years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

EDMONTON – Alberta’s police watchdog says an officer didn’t commit a criminal offence following a deadly shooting three years ago.

A report released by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says RCMP were called to a home on the O’Chiese First Nation near Rocky Mountain House in 2021.

An officer spoke to a man in the home and learned there was a warrant out for his arrest.

The report says a short time later the man came out of the house with an axe and started walking towards the officer.

The man didn’t drop the axe, and the officer fired his gun.

The man was later pronounced dead at the scene.

ASIRT says the officer didn’t use excessive force and was justified in defending himself.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2024.

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