Edmonton police officer shoots, injures man in confrontation

Police officer involved in north Edmonton shooting

A 35-year-old man is in stable condition in hospital after he was shot by an Edmonton police officer Thursday evening.

The man was being investigated for potential threats against the Edmonton Police Service and was wanted on an outstanding provincial warrant, according to a police.

The man was driving erratically through north Edmonton when EPS officers tried to arrest him, police said.

He abandoned the Chevrolet Impala he was driving near 128th Avenue and 54th Street and then fled on foot. Police pursued the man who "then verbally challenged" the officers and failed to follow the officers' commands, according to a police news release.

There was a confrontation between the man and at least one officer, who fired his gun and hit the suspect. 

The man was treated by paramedics at the scene and transported to hospital, where he remains in stable condition.

Acting Edmonton Police Chief Kevin Brezinski said the officer who shot the man has four years of service with EPS and had passed his annual mandatory pistol qualification. The officer will be placed on administrative leave.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, which investigates police incidents that result in serious injury or death, is taking over the investigation.

This is the third Edmonton police-involved shooting in as many weeks.