Body spotted before fatal shot fired by Medicine Hat police officer

Officials say a man was seen moving a body before he was shot by a Medicine Hat police officer. Police were searching for missing person Chester Hunchak at the time.

Police have called off the search for missing person Chester Hunchak

Officials say a man was seen moving a body before he was shot by a Medicine Hat police officer. 

No details about the body have been released, but police from the southern Alberta city were investigating the disappearance of Chester Hunchak on Friday.

Medicine Hat police suspended the search on Monday, saying RCMP are investigating a homicide.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is also reviewing the officer-related shooting on Saturday.

ASIRT investigates incidents or complaints involving serious injury or death that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer.

Search led to rural driveway

The shooting happened at about 2:30 p.m. MT just south of the city limits after an officer looking for a missing person pulled into a rural driveway.

A man exited the residence and pointed a firearm at the police officer, according to a press release Monday by ASIRT. The officer called RCMP for help and more Medicine Hat police officers arrived.

“There was communication between police officers and the male by phone. As a result of that communication, the police officer believed that the male was a danger to police. A short time later the male was seen removing a body from an area at the rear of the residence.”

The man entered a vehicle with a firearm and drove towards the police.

“One shot was fired by a Medicine Hat Police Service officer, who was aware of all of the previous details of this incident. The male died as a result of the injuries he sustained in this officer-involved shooting. The firearm that the deceased male had in his possession was recovered at the scene.”

The autopsy results on the body are expected to be released on Tuesday, along with more information from RCMP about the homicide investigation.