An Edmonton police officer has been cleared of any wrong-doing in the shooting death of a man who had just shot and wounded another officer in May of last year.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says the 31 year old man was shot as he was again pointing a shotgun at police, and also endangering the public in the area.
He had been pulled over after reports of erratic driving on Victoria Trail at 118th avenue in northeast Edmonton. He told police that he wasn’t drunk, but was upset after a fight with his girlfriend. When an officer asked him to get out of his car, he started fighting, then pulled out a sawed-off shotgun. He shot one officer, then ran, pointing the gun at police. That’s when another officer shot and killed him.
The evidence at the time of his death was that the 31-year old man presented a continuing threat to the lives of the officers, and, as he fled, a threat to public safety. ASIRT says the threat had already become very real when the man racked the sawed-off shotgun and deliberately shot one officer.
Independent evidence confirms that as the man was fleeing the scene, he turned and pointed the sawed-off shotgun at the officers.
In these circumstances, ASIRT says the use of lethal force was both reasonable and necessary. ASIRT Executive Director Susan D. Hughson, Q.C., has confirmed that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any offence was committed and the officer involved will not be charged with any criminal offences arising out of this incident.
Toxicology tests indicate the man had a number of legal and illegal drugs in his system. (eb)