ASIRT investigating after man shot by Wood Buffalo RCMP officer

The shooting happened after police located a vehicle they believe was part of a recent hit-and-run collision.

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Alberta’s police watchdog is investigating a Thursday morning traffic stop that ended with a man shot by a police officer.

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Wood Buffalo RCMP say that on Jan. 11 at 9 a.m., officers located a vehicle they believe was part of a recent hit-and-run collision. A stop was made at the Confederation Way at the Highway 63 exit.

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What happened next is being investigated. What is known is a police officer and the suspect got into an “altercation,” according to RCMP, that ended with the officer shooting the suspect in the lower leg. The suspect was taken to the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre and was treated for injuries that were not considered life threatening. No one else was injured during this incident.

The cause of the shooting and the circumstances that led to the police officer firing their weapon is being investigated by the RCMP and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).

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ASIRT investigates cases where people are seriously hurt or killed during interactions with police, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct. The results of ASIRT’s investigation will be made public once it is completed.

Anyone with information about any missing people or criminal activity is asked to contact Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Tips to Crime Stoppers are always anonymous and can be sent to tipsubmit.com. Tips can also be sent to ASIRT at 780-644-1483.

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