Red Deer RCMP cleared in non-fatal shooting of 28-year-old man

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has cleared a Red Deer RCMP officer of any wrongdoing in the shooting of a man in May 2016.

The incident took place around 7 p.m. on May 1 when a man called 911 and told the dispatcher he was armed with a loaded handgun, wanted to end his life and would shoot anyone who came to his door, according to ASIRT. 

Police went to the 28-year-old man's residence on 49th Street in Red Deer and called his cellphone to ask him to stand down and "get the help he needed." According to ASIRT, the man did not listen and officers entered the building. 

"The man raised the handgun, pointing it towards the officer and the vestibule where the other officers were standing," said ASIRT in a news release. 

"The officer, located in the hallway, immediately discharged his police service weapon striking the man, who then fell to the ground."

Pellet gun

The man was taken to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries after sustaining a single gunshot wound to the shoulder. 

ASIRT said it was determined the man who was shot was carrying a "Crossman revolver-style CO2 pellet gun."

The investigation found the officer made the right call in the situation, reads the release. 

"The physical evidence from the scene, the corresponding video, the statements of the witness officers, the subject officer, and the 28-year-old man, all lead to the inescapable conclusion that the officer faced a split-second decision to use lethal force or risk serious injury or death to himself and his fellow officers from what appeared to be a deadly threat," said ASIRT. 

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