ASIRT investigating fatal police shooting in central Edmonton Friday

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WATCH: There was a large police presence in northeast Edmonton Friday afternoon. Sarah Komadina reports live – Sep 18, 2020

Alberta’s police watchdog is investigating after a man was fatally shot by police north of Edmonton’s downtown core late Friday afternoon.

Police responded around 4:15 p.m. to a home near 118 Avenue and 68 Street, after receiving a report of a man with a weapon.

Upon arrival at the home in the Montrose neighbourhood, Edmonton police said two officers encountered a man.

“A confrontation occurred between the suspect and police, and the officers discharged their service weapons,” a news release Friday night said.

Several police vehicles, an armoured truck, a lot of officers and crime scene tape were visible in an alley near 118 Avenue, between 68 and 69 streets.

Edmonton police on scene near 118 Avenue between 68 and 69 streets. Global News

“I heard a couple gunshots but didn’t know what happened,” said Archie Mohamed, who lives in the area. “Then I started seeing a lot of police cars, so I knew it was something serious.

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“It’s just a big scene.”

EMS responded, but the man was declared dead on scene. AHS confirmed no patients were transported from the scene and Edmonton police said no officers were harmed.

Edmonton police on scene near 118 Avenue between 68 and 69 streets. Global News

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has since taken the lead on the investigation.

The organization investigates incidents involving Alberta police officers that result in serious injury or death to a person, or that leads to serious or sensitive allegations of misconduct.

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