The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has determined that officers involved in a shooting at a work camp near Fox Creek last summer acted appropriately.
June 30th of last year RCMP were called to the camp after reports a man was attacking people with a butcher knife. A man and a woman were killed in the attack.
ASIRT says Mounties arrived and told the man to drop the weapon but he lunged at them, causing the officers to open fire.
ASIRT adds the two officers approached the suspect on the ground, while a third officer covered them. The suspect allegedly stood up as they started to check his condition and after refusing to drop the knife, he allegedly lunged at the Mounties again.
He was shot multiple times and was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
ASIRT says officers acted appropriately in the situation.
“In those circumstances, at both points when the man lunged at officers with the knife, there were subjective and objective grounds to believe that the man presented a very high risk and that the use of lethal force was not only reasonable but necessary to prevent death or grievous bodily harm to themselves and/or others present,” ASIRT Executive Director Susan D. Hughson, Q.C. said in a release. “This was undoubtedly a harrowing and horrific incident but, practically speaking, the officers’ attendance and engagement of the man ended the incident before any civilian workers still present were injured or killed.”
Daniel Goodridge, 28, is charged with first-degree murder, second degree murder and interfering with human remains. (twd)