ASIRT investigates fatal officer-involved shooting in Blairmore, Alta.
Traffic stop escalated into 'confrontation' between driver and RCMP officers
A man is dead after Mounties trying to stop a vehicle in Blairmore, Alta., shot the driver during an ensuing confrontation, RCMP say.
Two officers responding to a call initiated a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Home Hardware store in the Crowsnest Pass community at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, RCMP said in a release.
"A confrontation occurred which resulted in the discharge of service pistols," said the release.
"The vehicle travelled a short distance and then entered a ditch."
The man driving the vehicle was later pronounced dead.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is now investigating the circumstances surrounding the officer-involved shooting and the actions of police.
The RCMP will continue to investigate the events that led to the confrontation with police.