Man killed in Gleichen by RCMP had a weapon made to look like a shotgun

The man shot and killed by RCMP in Gleichen last week had a homemade weapon made to look like a shotgun. Members of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) are now looking into whether it worked and what role it played in the shooting.

Alberta Serious Incident Response Team now investigating whether the weapon worked

The man shot and killed by RCMP in Gleichen last week had a homemade weapon made to look like a shotgun.

Members of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) are now looking into whether it worked and what role it played in the shooting.

Just before 4 a.m. on Oct. 19, RCMP officers came across a vehicle parked facing the wrong direction on Haskayne Avenue in Gleichen, Alta., about 90 kilometres southeast of Calgary.

When officers approached the vehicle, they found a man in the driver's seat who appeared to be asleep.

When they tried to wake him, a confrontation occurred, resulting in one of the officers shooting him.

A 26-year-old man from Morley, Alta. — about 60 kilometres west of Calgary — died at the scene.

The investigation continues.

ASIRT is tasked with investigating whenever someone is injured of killed by police in Alberta.