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ASIRT investigating officer-involved shooting in southeast Edmonton

Pellet gun recovered from the scene of a fatal police shooting in Edmonton on Dec. 6, 2023.
Pellet gun recovered from the scene of a fatal police shooting in Edmonton on Dec. 6, 2023. ASIRT

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened on Wednesday morning near 18 Avenue and 32 Street.

Police were called to a multi-unit residence around 10:30 a.m. for a welfare check on a woman.

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) said when officers arrived at the home, no one answered the door despite several callouts. Police said officers entered the unit fearing for the “imminent risk of self-harm to the woman, to ensure the health and safety of the individual.”

Shortly after entering the home, police said a confrontation occurred and officers deployed a conducted energy weapon and then shot the woman. The officers, along with EMS performed life-saving measures  on scene but the woman died of her injuries.

No officers were physically injured during this event.

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EPS said an imitation firearm was located at the scene which was identified as a pellet pistol by ASIRT.

The Director of Law Enforcement was notified of the incident and has directed ASIRT to investigate.

In a new release Friday, ASIRT said its investigation will examine the use of force by police.

ASIRT investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the confrontation between the woman and police. Anyone with information can contact investigators at 780-644-1483.

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