From the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team
ASIRT investigates fatal EPS officer-involved shooting
On Jan. 2, 2019, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting, where a 26-year-old man died during an encounter with members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS).
On the same day at approximately 1:30 p.m., EPS received a domestic violence complaint regarding events that were reported to have occurred over the preceding days and, as a result, entered into an investigation. Officers attended to the residence in question and determined that the subject of the complaint was no longer present. The complainant in those matters attended hospital, while EPS members sought and obtained warrants for the arrest of the complainant’s 26-year-old partner.
At approximately 9 p.m., EPS received a report that the man had returned to the residence and had broken inside while only a 13-year-old child was home. Officers attended to the scene, determined that the man was inside the residence, as was the young person, and established a perimeter around the location. Before EPS members were able to enter the residence, the man emerged from inside with two knives and a confrontation occurred. During that confrontation, an ARWEN less-lethal launcher was used, and two members of the EPS discharged their service pistols. The man was struck by several of the fired rounds, and fell to the ground. EMS was contacted and attended to the scene where the man was ultimately pronounced deceased.
An examination of the two knives recovered outside the residence confirmed that they were from inside the home.
As ASIRT’s investigation is 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.
Police arrest two more people following killing of eight-year-old girl in Alberta
An Edmonton Police Service logo is shown at a press conference in Edmonton, Oct. 2, 2017. Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital.
Officers responded on April 24 to a welfare call about the girl at an Edmonton home but were unable to locate her.
Her remains were discovered five days later on the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis.
Shayden Lightning, who is 21, and Raighne Stoney, who is 36, have been charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Three others were initially charged in the case.
Police are not releasing the names of two of the accused in order to protect the identities of other children related to the victim, whose identity is under a publication ban.
A 27-year-old woman faces a charge of first-degree murder and a 25-year-old man faces charges of being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Edward Nievera, 67, was charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Colin Leathem said in a release Friday that the recent arrests will be the last in the case and that the investigation has concluded.
“We want to thank the RCMP in Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin for their assistance with this investigation,” he said. “Needless to say, this was an exceptionally distressing investigation to work on, and they went above and beyond in helping to facilitate these final arrests and bring this file to conclusion.
“While nothing can change the horror of what occurred, we hope (the arrests) can provide some measure of justice to those who knew and loved this little girl.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2023.
Police investigate 22 shootings across city in month of August
News release from the Edmonton Police Service
The Edmonton Police Service continues to investigate 22 reported shooting occurrences in the month of August.
Of the 22 occurrences, 18 are believed to be targeted offences and not random in nature. Ten of the 22 shootings resulted in injuries, and in 19 of these shooting incidents, there was the potential for innocent bystanders, including children, to be harmed. There were three deaths as a result of shooting occurrences in August, one of which was self-inflicted.
Nine incidents involved shots being fired at a person, four shots were firedat residences, another four shots were fired into the air, two shots were fired at vehicles, two shots were accidentally discharged and one was self-inflicted.
Compared to August 2022, August 2023 shooting occurrences are up by 36%. There have been 152 reported shooting occurrences year to date, a 32% increase from last year at this time. Edmonton Police Service members have also seized 679 firearms year to date.
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