Alberta’s police watchdog has been asked to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Edmonton Thursday afternoon.
The Edmonton Police Service said officers responded to a report of a carjacking near 119 Street and 132 Avenue at 11:20 a.m.
While they were speaking with the person who called police, the suspect returned to the area of 120 Street and 134 Avenue with the alleged stolen vehicle.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team said after the 28-year-old suspect returned to the area, he got out of his vehicle and ran off. Police officers chased him down and found the man inside a parked black Jeep, which was also reported stolen.
“A confrontation occurred between the suspect and police and one of the officers discharged their service weapon,” EPS said in a news release late Thursday afternoon.
The suspect got out of the vehicle and was arrested.
He was not injured, nor were any officers, police said.
“I was outside for some fresh air and I saw a guy being dragged down the street,” said Larry Hughes, who told Global News he witnessed part of the incident. “He was holding onto the back passenger side door handle, trying to get into the car. I thought they were just bumper hitching.”
Another witness told Global News she was outside at around 12:15 p.m. when she heard two or three gunshots, a pause, then more shots. An ambulance arrived, along with more police officers, the witness said.
An alley and the street were taped off by police. A car and an SUV were also seen parked in the alley.
The Edmonton Police Service helicopter Air 1 was seen flying over the area and the K9 unit was also on scene.
ASIRT has taken over the investigation into the actions of police in the incident. Anyone who may have witnessed the crime or has pictures of the scene is asked to call ASIRT at 780-644-1483.
The scene was near Kensington School but Edmonton Public Schools said classes continued as normal and no alternative plans were required for picking up students.