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Man dead after officer-involved shooting in Cochrane​; ASIRT investigating

ASIRT investigating after police fatally shoot man following standoff in Cochrane
WATCH: A lengthy standoff ended with a man being fatally shot by RCMP in Cochrane, Alta., on Friday night. As Blake Lough reports, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating.

A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Cochrane, Alta., on Friday.

RCMP said they dealt with a “lengthy barricaded situation” starting at around 7 p.m.

They were called to a home because of concerns for a man and his partner’s well-being, with officers saying he had “numerous” firearms on him.

RCMP said the man barricaded himself in the house and refused to co-operate with police.

“A negotiator from the Emergency Response Team was unsuccessful in convincing the man to exit the home peacefully,” an RCMP news release said Saturday.

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Police said they tried other ways to get the man to emerge from the home, and when he did, a “confrontation occurred” and an ERT member fired their weapon, injuring the man.

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He was declared dead on the way to the hospital, according to​ police.

No officers or other people were injured.

A man was killed after an officer-involved shooting in Cochrane, Alta., on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.
A man was killed after an officer-involved shooting in Cochrane, Alta., on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Blake Lough/Global News

Neighbourhood accounts

Steve Samano thought it was a joke when his friend phoned him to let him know about the police presence in his neighbourhood.

“We saw the police right there and the SWATs very close, just only 50 metres away or 30 metres away in our backyard,” he said.

“We heard gunfire and some explosion.”

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“We turned off our lights because we [didn’t] have [any] idea of what’s going on outside,” added Mark Samano.

Scott Tunkin lives in the area and said officers were in full tactical gear, focusing the bulk of their work in the alley.

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“It wasn’t a whole lot going on until about 1 a.m.,” he said. “We saw them taking formation. Then it was a little after 2 a.m. the ambulances and everything else were here.”

Tunkin said the house’s residents are renters who have lived there for 18 months and had frequent visits from bylaw officers.

Investigation

RCMP will investigate the events leading up to the shooting.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team was called in to investigate police action.