A 9-mm Glock handgun and knife were recovered by police after a 36-year-old armed suicidal man was shot by two tactical team members Saturday morning, says the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).
City police, including tactical officers and a negotiator, responded around 4:50 a.m. Saturday to the report of a suicidal man armed with a firearm inside a home near 125 Street and 147 Avenue. The man had expressed suicidal thoughts to others, and had posted similar comments and images to social media, said ASIRT in a Monday news release.
The man, who police on Saturday said was reportedly intoxicated, finally exited the home around 7:20 a.m. at which time a confrontation with officers erupted and a non-lethal distraction device was deployed. The confrontation escalated before two tactical unit officers opened fire on the man, resulting in multiple gunshot wounds.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) moved in to provide care before he was transported to Royal Alexandra Hospital with serious injuries. He remains in stable condition.
The knife and a 9-mm Glock were later recovered from the scene.
ASIRT was immediately called in to investigate the conduct of police. City police will continue their investigation into the man and his actions.
Police on Saturday said that when officers first arrived on scene, they secured the area and — with the help of a neighbour — safely removed the minor from the house. The police negotiator who encouraged the man to peacefully surrender and accept help at first resulted with him stepping outside but armed with an edged weapon and a gun, said a police release later Saturday. The man then returned inside the home.
The negotiator continued to try to get the man to surrender but it was when he exited the home for the second time that the confrontation occurred and officers opened fire.
Police said no officers or bystanders were physically harmed.