On June 20, 2021, at 6:50 p.m., Cold Lake RCMP responded to a report of a dispute occurring in a vehicle in the area of Ardmore, Alta.
As a result, RCMP conducted a search for a male suspect from the Cold Lake area. Cold Lake RCMP members, including an RCMP Police Service Dog, proceeded to track the suspect who fled on foot.
A short time later, a confrontation occurred between the officers and the suspect which resulted in an officer discharging their service weapon. The suspect sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the confrontation. On-scene officers provided medical assistance, however, he succumbed to his injuries.
Our thoughts are with those affected by this event.
During this incident the responding Police Service Dog was injured and subsequently transported to a veterinarian for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No additional officers sustained injuries.
The RCMP believes in processes that seek the facts and it's important that processes taken to assess the actions of all those involved, including the police, are fair, transparent, and defendable. This is why, as soon as we became aware of this incident, we immediately notified the Director of Law Enforcement and initiated our internal review process. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the actions of the police during this investigation.
Independent of ASIRT's investigation, the RCMP's internal review process has been implemented to gather a full account of what took place during this incident. RCMP training, policy, police response, and the duty status of the members involved will be subject to review. The RCMP is, of course, fully cooperating with ASIRT and will not be commenting further on this incident. All media inquiries about this incident should now be directed to ASIRT at 780-641-9099.