The RCMP encountered a situation this morning on Range Road 234, near Highway 11 in Bashaw which resulted in the discharge of police firearms.
At 9:15 a.m. RCMP members located a parked stolen vehicle in the rural area. As members approached the lone male occupant to investigate further, a confrontation occurred leading the RCMP to discharge their firearms.
The male involved in this incident was air lifted to hospital in critical condition and has since been declared deceased. The officers involved were not injured.
There is no further public safety risk. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating the police actions in accordance with their mandate to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta's police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person. The RCMP remains the lead investigating agency on the events leading up to the serious incident, with ASIRT having carriage of the review of police actions.
As this matter is under investigation by ASIRT, the RCMP will not be providing further information.