Police watchdog to investigate after officer shoots man near Edmonton apartment fire

EDMONTON — Police in Edmonton say Alberta's police watchdog will investigate an officer's shooting of a man near an apartment building fire.

Police say the officer was assisting firefighters with traffic control at a fire northwest of the city's core on Friday night when local residents reported there was a man with a gun outside a nearby home.

The officer proceeded to the rear of the home, police say, and encountered a man with a weapon.

Police say there was a confrontation and the officer shot him.

The man died, and police say a firearm was recovered at the scene.

Police say the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team will handle the investigation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 2, 2023.

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