Lethbridge officer-involved shooting witnesses sought by ASIRT

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is looking for witnesses to an officer-involved shooting in Lethbridge.

Alberta Serious Incident Response Team confirms suspect took butcher knife from Safeway

This Safeway butcher knife was believed to be used by suspect who was shot by Lethbridge police. (ASIRT)

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is looking for anyone who saw police shoot a teen wielding a butcher knife in Lethbridge Friday evening.  

Lethbridge police responded to Safeway in west Lethbridge around 6:30 p.m. after several people called 911 to report a male causing a disturbance.

Callers said the man seemed to be impaired, was behaving irrationally and was armed with a knife. By the time police arrived, the suspect was gone.

Police tracked him down several blocks away. Following a confrontation, the suspect was shot by one of the responding officers.

ASIRT has now confirmed the 17-year-old took the knife from behind the butcher counter while in the grocery store.

He remains in hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. ASIRT was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

While ASIRT is asking anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting, investigators are looking for the occupants of a newer red SUV. That vehicle is believed to have been in the area and would have been in a good position for its occupants to see the confrontation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact ASIRT at 403-592-4306.