Friends name teen shot by Edmonton officer

Friends and family members have identified the victim of a fatal police shooting as Cyrus Green, 17.
Friends have named Cyrus Green, 17, as the teen who was shot and killed by police on the weekend. ((Facebook))

Friends and family members have identified the victim of a weekend fatal police shooting as Cyrus Green.

The 17-year-old was shot on Saturday at 118th Avenue and Wayne Gretzky Drive by an Edmonton police officer.

A makeshift memorial has sprung up at the site of the shooting. Flowers, teddy bears and notes from the teen's parents are attached to a power pole along the road.

"I will always miss you my son, but I know that one day we will see each other again, just not today," one card reads. It is signed "Love Mom."

A second card says, "To my Cyrus. Walk the world for you. Love Dad."

Police responded to a mugging in the area early Saturday morning. They chased down and arrested two suspects. 

A makeshift memorial has been set up near Wayne Gretzky Drive following the Saturday morning shooting. ((CBC))
Police said an officer fired three shots after a third suspect approached officers armed with a knife and a baseball bat.

Green was taken to hospital, where he died during surgery.

Shayne Morley questions why police had to shoot his close friend, whom he described as quiet and shy.

"The cop that did it, he didn't do his job right," Morley said. "He should have at least tried to Taser him first, or shot him in the leg, make him fall to the ground, or something," he said.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is looking into the shooting. The constable who fired the shots and the officers who were with him have been placed on administrative leave.

ASIRT investigates incidents involving serious injury or death resulting from the actions of a police officer.