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ASIRT releases new details about deadly Highway 2 shootout between RCMP and suspect

Click to play video: 'Blackfalds residents describe shooting scene that ended in death along QEII' Blackfalds residents describe shooting scene that ended in death along QEII
WATCH ABOVE: (From May 7, 2020) Blackfalds residents who witnessed Wednesday's shooting involving RCMP share what they saw before the suspect fled north, where he died during a shootout with RCMP near Edmonton. Fletcher Kent reports from central Alberta – May 7, 2020

A semi-automatic, tactical-style shotgun was recovered from the scene of a shootout between RCMP and an armed 27-year-old man on Highway 2 near Leduc this week, that ended in the suspect’s death and a Mountie being seriously injured.

That was one of the details released by the Albeta’s police watchdog agency on Friday. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team said it’s still investigating, but revealed some new information about what it believed happened in a news release.

The incident began Wednesday morning in a central Alberta town and ended south of Edmonton on the province’s busiest highway.

READ MORE: Blackfalds residents describe central Alberta shooting scene that ended in shootout along QEII

ASIRT said RCMP responded to a gun complaint at a home in Blackfalds, located about 15 minutes north of Red Deer, at about 8:15 a.m, after a man allegedly fired shots from the home, seriously injuring a woman.

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According to ASIRT, police officers never fired a shot at that scene and the man left the home in a black BMW sedan. The driver’s side windshield of an unmarked RCMP vehicle appears to have been damaged during the initial incident.

RCMP were called to a firearms complaint in Blackfalds, Alta., Wednesday, May 6, 2020 that eventually led to a confrontation with police south of Edmonton. Global News

RCMP later found the car headed north on the QEII Highway and ASIRT said “a brief pursuit ensued.”

“RCMP deployed a tire-deflation device, damaging the tires on the fleeing vehicle but not immediately rendering it inoperable,” ASIRT said. “The BMW sedan crossed the median and began travelling northbound in the southbound lanes of traffic on QEII.”

Click to play video: '27-year-old man dead, RCMP officer injured after shooting near Leduc' 27-year-old man dead, RCMP officer injured after shooting near Leduc
27-year-old man dead, RCMP officer injured after shooting near Leduc – May 6, 2020

ASIRT said video of the incident captured by a marked RCMP vehicle shows the BMW stopped on the highway near Leduc at the Highway 2A overpass, where it was surrounded by police vehicles.

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“The 27-year-old man was the vehicle’s lone occupant,” ASIRT said.

“He exited the vehicle armed with a firearm, which he immediately raised and pointed at police. Both the man and police officers briefly exchanged gunfire.”

According to ASIRT, the injured suspect fell to the ground, and it became apparent an RCMP officer was seriously injured.

READ MORE: 27-year-old man dead, RCMP officer injured after shooting south of Edmonton

“Officers on scene provided emergency medical assistance to both the man and the injured officer, but the man was pronounced dead on scene,” ASIRT said.

“The injured officer was transported to a hospital in Edmonton. He was admitted and treated and has since been released.”

A semi-automatic, tactical-style shotgun was recovered from the scene of a shooting on Highway 2 near Leduc, Alta, on May 6. COURTESY: ASIRT

The suspect’s gun, which ASIRT described as a “12-gauge, semi-automatic, tactical-style shotgun,” was recovered from the scene. No details about the suspect were released.

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ASIRT is urging anyone who may have witnessed the QEII incident that unfolded near the Highway 2A overpass, or who may have video or audio of the incident, to contact its investigators at 780-644-1483.

ASIRT is called on to investigate incidents involving Alberta law enforcement agencies that result in serious injury or death, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

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ASIRT investigate an officer-involved shooting south of Leduc Wednesday, May 6, 2020 that led to the closure of a portion of the QEII south of Edmonton. Paul Rampersaud, Global News
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ASIRT investigate an officer-involved shooting south of Leduc Wednesday, May 6, 2020 that led to the closure of a portion of the QEII south of Edmonton. Global News
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ASIRT investigates an officer-involved shooting south of Leduc Wednesday, May 6, 2020 that led to the closure of a portion of the QEII south of Edmonton. Global News
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ASIRT investigate an officer-involved shooting south of Leduc Wednesday, May 6, 2020 that led to the closure of a portion of the QEII south of Edmonton. Global News

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