Man shot by Edmonton police at Kingsway Mall
Police officers responding to a weapons complaint at Kingsway Mall shot an armed man just before noon on Friday.
A witness to the event, which occurred outside of the east entrance to The Bay, said that he saw a man pacing back and forth between two mall entrances while carrying a knife.
The man, who the witness described as in his 30s, was bleeding from the arms and appeared to be dazed or confused.
The witness said a woman approached the man to offer help but that the man simply walked away from her. She then called the police.
Five or six police officers surrounded the man, who refused to obey their repeated orders to put down the knife and lie down on the ground, said the witness.
When the man refused to obey these orders and attempted to evade the police, he was pepper-sprayed several times. However, the witness says the man was not deterred by the spray and began charging at police.
At this point, the witness said the police used a taser to try stop the man — but this, too, failed.
It was at this point that one of the officers shot the man and he went down to the ground.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is now investigating this shooting, and will be examining the actions of the officers involved in the incident.
They say it is still very early in their investigation.
But the witness to the shooting says the responding officers did the right thing, adding that they had had no other options but to shoot.
A spokesperson for the ASIRT has confirmed the man is now in hospital.