Edmonton's acting police chief offered support Monday for a rookie constable involved in the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect.
"She has just under a year's experience," Norm Lipinski said. "I have full confidence in the training we give at the Edmonton Police service. As far as I'm concerned, whether it's one year or 10 years, they're competent people out there."
The shooting occurred early Sunday morning at the corner of 102nd Street and 107th Avenue in downtown Edmonton.
Two officers approached Shawn Michael Price, 36, because he matched a description of the suspect. Price allegedly grabbed the gun of one of the officers, police said. The rookie officer shot him twice, once in the hip and the chest. Price died when he arrived in hospital.
Neither officer had a Taser stun gun with them, Lipinski said, adding that they aren't appropriate for use in every lethal force situation.
"The Taser doesn't have the high level of stoppage effect that other weapon systems might have," he said. "Secondly, the Taser doesn't have subsequent rounds — you have one shot and that's it."
On Monday, Price's brother, Jason Weber, placed two letters and a picture at a makeshift memorial set up where Price was shot.
"For a loving brother that he was," Weber said when asked how he wanted Price to be remembered. "He was a great family man."
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team [ASIRT] is now investigating the shooting to examine how police handled the incident. ASIRT is an independent agency that investigates all incidents in Alberta involving police that result in death or serious injury.
Both the officers involved in the incident are on three days' administrative leave, Lipinski told reporters. They will then be assessed by human resources to see if they are ready to return to work.
There were media reports Monday that Price had been wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for leaving his halfway house too early. He had tried turning himself in to Edmonton police a few weeks ago, the reports said, and was turned away and told to come back later.
Lipinski said he heard about that for the first time Monday morning and said he would look into it.