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Alberta's police watchdog to investigate fatal shooting in central Edmonton

Alberta's policing watchdog has been directed to investigate after a man was fatally shot by officers in central Edmonton Friday morning.

Man died of injuries in hospital, police say

Police say the man shot by officers Friday was seen earlier carrying what appeared to be a firearm in the area of 103A Avenue and 96 Street. (Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi/CBC)

Alberta's policing watchdog has been directed to investigate after a man was fatally shot by officers in central Edmonton Friday morning.

The suspect was shot near the LRT tracks along 95th Street near 105th Avenue following a confrontation with officers, police said in a news release.

The man was seen by officers around 6:30 a.m. in the area of 103A Avenue and 96th Street, carrying what appeared to be a firearm.

A tactical team and a canine unit were called in to contain the area as officers continued to monitor the suspect, the release said. 

The man fled toward the LRT tracks where a confrontation occurred and police opened fire. 

The suspect was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries later Friday morning, the release said.  No officers were injured.

'Like firecrackers going off' 

Darnell Daye, who has lived in the neighourhood for 22 years, said he was sitting in his apartment on Friday morning when he heard gunshots outside. 

"I was on my computer, and I heard of a bunch of guns, like firecrackers going off, " Daye said in an interview with CBC News. 

"I figured it was firecrackers, so I go out on my balcony to see what was going on and I could smell gunpowder from my balcony. That's what I told police already."

Daye said he went back inside and immediately called police. He continued to watch the police investigation unfold throughout the morning from his balcony overlooking the scene. 

He said saw several police cars and ambulances come and go from the scene. A half an hour later, police had begun blocking off the streets and containing the scene. 

"Its kind of scary." 

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate, police said. 

ASIRT investigates events where serious injury or death may have been caused by police or when there are allegations of police misconduct.

Police say a suspect fleeing Edmonton police officers toward the LRT tracks along 95th Street and 105th Avenue was fatally shot during a confrontation. (Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi/CBC)

LRT service to Churchill Station was stopped during the investigation but it resumed around 3:30 p.m, according to Edmonton Transit Service. 

There have been three officer-involved shooting events this year, police said Friday. There were five in 2021 and four in 2020.

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