Edmonton police shoot and kill suspect in Westmount parking lot
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating the incident
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating the death of a man who was shot and killed in an altercation with police at the Westmount Shopping Centre on Saturday night.
Edmonton police attempted to arrest a 29-year-old man wanted on outstanding warrants in the parking lot near 113th Avenue and Groat Road at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, police said in a news release.
The man, trying to leave the scene, hit a police vehicle while officers attempted to box the suspect vehicle in.
Shortly after, a confrontation took place between the man and police and the officers fired their weapons, killing the man, the news release said.
Edmonton police were unharmed in the incident. A gun was found at the scene upon further investigation.
The McDonald's parking lot was cordoned off, as were the southbound lanes of Groat Road north of 111th Avenue. Police were at the scene Sunday morning, with vehicles still taped off while they continue to investigate.
'They were in a fire fight'
Jeramie Wigelsworth lives across the street from the shopping centre and was watching a movie with his girlfriend when they heard what they thought was an explosion at around 8 p.m. Saturday night.
"My girlfriend looked out the window and she ducked instantly and said, 'There's shots being fired,' " Wigelsworth told CBC News Sunday. Wigelsworth moved to the window, where he saw police with their backs to him.
"They were in a fire fight," he said. "All you could hear was, 'Pop, pop, pop.' We just stayed low and hit the deck."
Irene Smerychynski, who has lived nearby for more than 54 years, said she was watching TV when she heard the gunfire. "I almost fell off the bed, since I jumped," Smerychynski said Sunday morning.
She said she was surprised the event happened near her, but said she knows it's possible these events can happen anywhere.
"Nowadays, things are happening quite a bit all over the place so it can happen anywhere, anytime," she said.
ASIRT, which investigates incidents involving Alberta's police that have resulted in serious injury or death, has taken the lead in the investigation.