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Saskatchewan Serious Incident Response Team confirms Prince Albert officer shot and killed man

The Prince Albert Police Service said that an 'officer-involved shooting' happened at about 10:40 p.m. on Monday on the 400 block of South Industrial Drive. (Pratyush Dayal/CBC - image credit)
The Prince Albert Police Service said that an 'officer-involved shooting' happened at about 10:40 p.m. on Monday on the 400 block of South Industrial Drive. (Pratyush Dayal/CBC - image credit)

More details are emerging about the Prince Albert police shooting that left a man dead Monday.

The newly formed Saskatchewan Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) has confirmed that a Prince Albert police officer shot and killed a man after a short foot chase.

The civilian-led police watchdog says an officer with the Prince Albert Police Service was conducting an investigation in the 400 block of South Industrial Drive when they encountered the man.

"During the course of the encounter, a short foot pursuit ensued, and a confrontation occurred during which one member of the PAPS discharged their service pistol, striking a 34-year-old man," SIRT said in a Friday news release.

It said police and paramedics gave first aid to the man before transporting him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A weapon has been recovered from the scene, the police oversight agency said.

CBC asked the Justice Department what type of weapon was recovered and for any details about the identification of the victim. In an emailed response, the department wrote that no further information would be released at this time.

An Indigenous community liaison has been appointed to the case, the Justice Department said.

No details have been officially released regarding the identity of the victim, but SIRT's mandate says an Indigenous community liaison must be appointed if the victim of a serious crime was of First Nations or Métis ancestry.

Prince Albert police put out a news release about the incident earlier this week, referring to an "officer-involved shooting" but providing few details.

Police would not say at the time who had the gun or who fired it, but said it happened during a confrontation between police and the man.

According to Prince Albert police Chief Jonathan Bergen, this is the fourth fatal officer-involved shooting in the police force's history.

It is asking anyone who may have been in the area from 10:30 to 11 p.m. CST Monday and may have witnessed or have video of the incident to contact SIRT at 306-933-6342.

SIRT says a final report on the shooting will be made public within 90 days of the investigation ending.