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Alberta Serious Incident Response Team investigating fatal police shooting at Cochrane


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From the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT)

Investigation continues into RCMP officer-involved shooting

On Dec. 7, 2019, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an RCMP officer-involved shooting in Cochrane, Alberta, that resulted in the death of a 28-year-old man.

On Dec. 6, 2019, Cochrane RCMP and the Calgary Police Service received information from two separate individuals raising significant concerns about the behaviour and recent messages sent by the 28-year-old man. Police were also advised that the man, currently bound by a condition prohibiting him from being in possession of firearms, had several firearms in his possession within the residence.

Based on the information provided, the decision was made to attend the residence, to arrest the man for breach of his release conditions and remove access to the firearms. Shortly after 7 p.m., the officers  arrived  at the home, which is located in a populated residential area in northwest Cochrane. The man, who was armed with a firearm and the sole occupant of the residence, refused to surrender. The home was contained and the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) responded to the location. RCMP successfully applied for a warrant to enter the home to arrest the man.

Telephone contact with the man was established, but attempts over the next several hours to negotiate his surrender failed. At one point, an RCMP armoured vehicle pulled up to the rear of the residence, at the overhead vehicle door to the attached garage. Shortly thereafter, approximately five to six shots were believed to have been fired from inside the garage, through the solid garage vehicle door, in what would have been in the general direction of the armoured vehicle.

Ultimately, in the early morning hours, after attempting various forms of intervention, ERT officers deployed a chemical agent into the residence. Moments later, at approximately 1:40 a.m., the man exited the residence and a confrontation occurred between officers and the man, which resulted in an officer discharging his firearm. The man was struck and fell to the ground. Emergency medical aid was provided on scene, and the man was transported by ambulance to hospital, but did not survive.

A loaded .22 calibre semi-automatic rifle was recovered from the snow near where the man fell.

Investigation continues into RCMP officer-involved shooting (2)

The .22 calibre semi-automatic rifle that was recovered:

Investigation continues into RCMP officer-involved shooting (1)

Initial examination at the scene revealed what appeared to be bullet holes in the overhead vehicle door of the attached garage, and seven spent shell casings were recovered from inside the attached garage. Six bullet holes were identified on the garage of a nearby residence. A search of the residence led to the recovery of two other guns and additional ammunition.

ASIRT’s investigation, which will focus on what led up to the officer-involved shooting, continues. It will include additional interviews with witnesses. In order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Police looking for these 3 suspects after Super 8 Motel in Innisfail robbed early Monday morning

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Innisfail RCMP investigate robbery

Innisfail Ala. – On May 29, 2023, at approximately 4:10 a.m., the Super 8 motel in Innisfail was the victim of an armed robbery. Three male suspects entered the hotel, two of which had firearms.  Money was demanded from the manager. All three left the motel in a vehicle which is described as:

  • Chevrolet Dura Max truck
  • Sliver
  • Lifted

The suspects are described as:

Suspect #1: Caucasian male, tall and muscular. Wearing jeans and a grey Under Armour hoody. He was carrying a pistol.

Suspect #2: Caucasian male,  short.  Wearing all black. He was carrying a sawed off shotgun

Suspect #3: Caucasian male tall with a chubby belly. He was wearing a grey hoody, jeans and a black ball hat.

If you have information about this incident, please call the Innisfail RCMP at 403-227-3341 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers for instructions).

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‘Tragic accident’ blamed for recent death of giraffe at Calgary Zoo

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The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo says a “tragic accident” led to the recent death of an adult Masai giraffe. A statement from the zoo says the female giraffe named Emara died May 19 after tangling one of her horns on a cable surrounding her enclosure. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo-Sergei Belskey


The Calgary Zoo says a “tragic accident” led to the recent death of one of its adult Masai giraffes.

A statement from the zoo says a female giraffe named Emara died May 19 after tangling one of her horns in a cable surrounding her enclosure.

The statement says a necropsy revealed Emara fell against the enclosure fence and died almost instantly of a broken neck.

Emara, who had just turned 12, came to Calgary from the San Diego Zoo in 2016.

The statement says she was a treasured member at the zoo and was known for her cautious yet curious personality and gentle nature.

The zoo says it is checking fencing within its African Savannah Yard enclosure to see if changes are needed to better protect the other giraffes and animals that share the space.

Doug Whiteside, interim associate director of animal care and welfare at the zoo, said Emara was in her prime and was in excellent health when she died.

“Major life changes such as this not only affect our people but can affect our animal residents as well,” Whiteside said in the statement Monday.

He said the zoo’s remaining giraffes, Nabo and Moshi, are doing well.

Grief counsellors are being made available to Emara’s caregivers and other zoo staff.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2023.

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