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ASIRT investigate fatal shooting in west Edmonton

ASIRT is investigating after a man suffered a fatal gunshot wound during a confrontation with Edmonton police, Saturday, July 3, 2021. Global News

Edmonton police said the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating after a man suffered a fatal gunshot wound during a confrontation with officers Saturday morning.

Police said officers were conducting patrols in the area of 152 Street and 102 Avenue at around 5:45 a.m. when they witnessed a man holding a saw while underneath a parked vehicle in a back alley.

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According to police, the officers approached the man and a confrontation started, during which time the man pulled out a firearm and an officer used a stun gun. A short time later, the 50-year-old man suffered one gunshot wound, police said.

Police said the officers performed life-saving measures on the man until paramedics arrived and took him to hospital, where he died at around 12:40 p.m.

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“Based on the evidence available, it is not believed either of the officers discharged their service weapons,” Edmonton police said in a news release, declining to say outright that the death was self-inflicted.

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Police said an autopsy will be performed on July 8.

ASIRT has taken over the investigation.

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