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Suspect challenged Red Deer RCMP with bow and arrows before shooting

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News Release submitted by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team and Red Deer RCMP

Investigation into Red Deer RCMP officer-involved shooting continues

On May 24, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that took place that same day in Red Deer, and resulted in the death of a 46-year-old man.

On that day at about 8:50 p.m., the Red Deer Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) received several calls reporting an erratic driver operating a grey Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle was located by RCMP a short time later entering the parking garage of the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Both the responding RCMP member and the driver and lone occupant of the Jetta, the 46-year-old man, exited their vehicles, whereupon the police officer began speaking with the man. The officer called for backup, which arrived a short time later while attempts to communicate with the man continued. At this time, a confrontation occurred between the man and the police officers on scene which resulted in several members of the RCMP discharging their service firearms. During this confrontation, the man sustained gunshot wounds, and RCMP members provided first aid to the man until the arrival of EMS, who pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Video evidence obtained by ASIRT shows the man was in physical possession of a compound bow following his exit from the vehicle and at the time of the confrontation. Following the incident, a compound bow and several arrows were recovered from the scene and have been seized as exhibits by ASIRT investigators.

ASIRT is seeking witnesses to this incident, and asks any members of the public who may have witnessed the events inside the parking garage, or who may have video of the incident, to please contact investigators at 403-592-4306. ASIRT’s investigation will examine the actions of police during this incident, while the RCMP will maintain responsibility for the investigation into the man and his actions. With ASIRT’s investigation underway, 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.

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Oilers goaltender Stalock likely to miss season due to possible heart condition

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EDMONTON — Goaltender Alex Stalock will likely miss the season due to a possible heart condition said Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland on Wednesday.

Speaking on the opening day of Oilers training camp, Holland said the possible condition was detected when he returned home for more tests after the team’s physical exam at the end of the 2020-21 season.

Holland said Stalock contracted COVID-19 before the start of the 56-game shortened season, but was later cleared to play and spent time on the Oilers’ taxi squad after the team claimed him off waivers from the Minnesota Wild in March. 

He did not appear in a game with either Minnesota or Edmonton last season.

Holland said Stalock has seen “a couple” of cardiologists and is looking to get additional opinions.

Stalock, a 34-year-old from St. Paul, Minn., has a 61-49-18 record with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in 151 career NHL games with San Jose and Minnesota.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2021.

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Regulatory group warns several Alberta doctors about sharing COVID-19 misinformation

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EDMONTON — A group that oversees the practice of medicine in Alberta says it has told at least seven doctors who were spreading misinformation about COVID-19 that their behaviour was unprofessional.

Scott McLeod, registrar with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, says the regulator has also spoken to doctors who gave into pressure from patients wanting an exemption letter– not grounded in clinical evidence — to avoid having to wear masks or vaccinations.

McLeod says the college is to publish a letter this week addressed to physicians and the public to reiterate its support for vaccines and public health restrictions put in place to try to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The college says the doctors who were warned had been spreading misinformation on social media platforms or elsewhere.

McLeod says it’s disappointing to see that type of behaviour and noted it has a significant effect because doctors have a powerful voice in society.

He adds the number of doctors painting a false narrative in the province is unprecedented.

McLeod says if doctors don’t stick to basic science that outlines how to protect people during a pandemic, the public and other physicians can file an official complaint with the college.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2021.

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