Man shot by RCMP near Morinville, Alta., armed with two rifles, police say

A man shot and killed by RCMP Friday was armed with two rifles and was prohibited from being on the rural property.

Shooting is the 8th involving a police officer in Alberta in six months

ASIRT is investigating the fatal shooting of 47-year-old man by RCMP on a rural property near Morinville. (Emily Fitzpatrick/CBC)

A man shot and killed by RCMP Friday was armed with two rifles and was prohibited from being on the rural property.

Officers were called to the home on a trespassing complaint around 8 p.m., said a news release from the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team which is investigating the shooting.

Two officers found an armed 47-year-old man in a field adjacent to the property.

After a short confrontation, police shot the man.

The victim collapsed, but the officers could still see movement and initiated a standoff.

However, efforts to communicate with the man were unsuccessful and when the Emergency Response Team moved in, they found the man dead.

A loaded .22-calibre rifle and a 30/30 lever-action rifle were recovered in the field.

The shooting is the eighth involving a police officer in Alberta since December 24, 2014, four of which resulted in deaths.

ASIRT's mandate is to investigate incidents involving Alberta's police resulting in serious injury or death.


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