A man was killed after Wood Buffalo Mounted Police officers shot him at Fort McMurray International Airport last week.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) confirmed in a statement Tuesday morning that the 27-year-old man, who was not identified by police, died of his injuries at the Northern Lights Regional Health Center. . ASIRT investigates all incidents of serious injury or death caused by the police.
Police say that on October 15 at 5:34 am, they were told that a man in a taxi was holding a “large knife” to his own throat. ASIRT says officers arrived at 5:48 a.m. and found the man on the departures level near the terminal gates. The police watchdog says security footage shows the man was holding the knife when he got out of the taxi.
Officers spent 20 minutes talking to the man when ASIRT said “the situation got worse.” Police used a less lethal 40mm impact ammunition and a conducted energy weapon, commonly known as a Taser, on the man. ASIRT said the less lethal weapons were not effective against the man. At 6:19 a.m., an officer shot the man and the knife was recovered.
EMS personnel treated the man and took him to hospital, where he died shortly after his arrival.
ASIRT is still investigating the circumstances that led the RCMP to use deadly force. Witnesses to the incident are asked to contact ASIRT investigators at 780-644-1483.