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Alberta RCMP officer involved shooting in Red Deer  

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News release from Alberta RCMP

On July 4, 2023, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Red Deer RCMP Crime Reduction Team (CRT) were conducting an investigation into a stolen pick-up truck. CRT were able to stop the vehicle utilizing a Tire Deflation Device, in the driveway of a rural residence on C and E Trail, where the suspect exited the vehicle and an altercation ensued. The suspect then jumped into a police car and in an attempt to stop the suspect, an officer deployed a Conductive Energy Weapon (CEW or Taser), but the CEW was not effective. The suspect put the vehicle into reverse, almost hitting officers. An officer discharged their service pistol but did not hit the suspect.

The suspect then fled the scene in the police vehicle. Officers pursued the suspect into Innisfail and then onto Highway 2 northbound, where another Tire Deflation Device was used, resulting in the suspect crashing the vehicle. He was taken into custody.

No officers were injured during this incident. The suspect was taken to a local hospital for assessment and has since been released. He remains in police custody awaiting a Judicial Interim Release hearing on pending charges.

The Alberta RCMP believes in processes that seek the facts and it’s important that processes taken to assess the actions of all those involved, including the police, are fair, transparent, and defendable. This is why, as soon as we became aware of this incident involving potential lethal force, we immediately initiated our internal review process and notified the Director of Law Enforcement. The Director of Law Enforcement assigned the investigation to the RCMP.

An update will be provided when available.

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Update: Rimbey RCMP say missing family has been found and all are safe

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Israel Mani (upper left), Samuel Mani (right), and Gabriel Mani (lower left)

Rimbey RCMP report that all 6 members of the Mani family have been located safe. We would like to thank the public and media for your assistance.

Please advised that due to privacy concerns RCMP are unable to comment on where the family members were located.

From April 9

News release from Rimbey RCMP

Rimbey RCMP request the public’s assistance with locating the Mani family. The family of six consisting of 39-year-old Winnie, 24-year-old Liliane, 18-year-old Debra, 15-year-old Israel, 14-year-old Samuel and 13-year-old Gabriel were last living in the area of Meridian Beach in Ponoka County.

Winnie last spoke with family over the phone on April 3, 2024, though the whereabouts of her and that of her children hasn’t been confirmed since mid March 2024.

On March 28, 2024, the Calgary Police Service notified the Rimbey RCMP of a 2013 Black Dodge Durango, registered to Winnie Mani was located March 24, 2024. The vehicle was abandoned in a private parking lot in south east Calgary near the Bow Habitat Station.

 

Rimbey RCMP are concerned for the families well-being and are asking for the public’s assistance. RCMP believe that the Mani’s may be in southern British Columbia.

If you have been in contact with the Mani family, or have information on their whereabouts, please contact the please contact Rimbey RCMP at 403-843-2224. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store. To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download the Alberta RCMP app through Apple or Google Play.

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ASIRT investigations concluded on fatal officer-involved shooting involving the RCMP.

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Incident investigation report from the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT)

Introduction

On December 22, 2022, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed pursuant to s. 46.1 of the Police Act to investigate a then non-fatal Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer-involved shooting. The shooting of the affected person (AP) was reported to have happened during an interaction with him, as a result of him being a suspect in a complaint of a man with a gun.

While AP initially survived, he died of complications from the shooting the following day.

ASIRT’s Investigation

ASIRT’s investigation was comprehensive and thorough, conducted using current investigative protocols and principles relating to Major Case Management. Information from civilian witnesses, the subject and a witness officers, and importantly video recordings provided sufficient information to determine whether the force used by the subject officer during this incident was reasonable.

Circumstances Surrounding the Officer-Involved Shooting

On December 01, 2022, Maskwacis RCMP received a call reporting that a male [AP] had been drinking and left the caller’s house with a gun. AP was shooting the gun in the country (believed to be the area around the residence). Two RCMP officers responded.

Witness officer (WO) located AP walking on the road with a rifle. AP walked toward WO’s marked police vehicle with the rifle pointed at the vehicle/WO, while WO was seated in the driver’s seat. WO then exited his vehicle with his carbine rifle and moved to the rear of his vehicle while AP kept the rifle pointed at the police vehicle. The subject officer (SO) arrived on scene, but came from the opposite direction. AP turned around and walked toward SO with the barrel of the rifle pointed upwards. SO exited his police vehicle with his service pistol drawn and walked toward AP while he
repeatedly provided verbal direction to AP to drop the firearm. AP and SO were walking toward each other; at that time AP still had the barrel of the rifle pointed upward. As SO and AP got within approximately five meters of each other, AP lowered the barrel of the rifle and pointed it directly at SO. SO fired multiple rounds and struck AP with four rounds causing AP to stumble, drop the rifle and fall to the ground. AP initially survived the shooting and was transported to an Edmonton hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. The following day, AP succumbed to his injuries.

Analysis

The subject officer was lawfully placed and acting in the execution of his duties in dealing with AP as a person who was the subject of a complaint about him being in possession of a firearm and shooting it off.

The Use of Force

Under s. 25 of the Criminal Code, police officers are permitted to use as much force as is necessary for the execution of their duties. Where this force is intended or is likely to cause death or grievous bodily harm, the officer must believe on reasonable grounds that the force is necessary for the self-preservation of the officer or preservation of anyone under that officer’s protection.

A police officer’s use of force is not to be assessed on a standard of perfection nor using the benefit of hindsight.

With the benefit of hindsight, time for detached reflection and knowledge of the ultimate outcome, it is easy to speculate about how things could have been done differently. That is not the standard, however, against which an officer’s conduct is measured. The question is, applying principles of proportionality, necessity, and reasonableness, whether the force used falls into a range of possible reasonable responses.

Proportionate Response

Proportionality requires balancing a use of force with the action to which it responds. Here, the subject officers were faced with an individual that was armed with a gun and pointing it in their direction. As such, the response by the subject officers in using their respective firearms to shoot AP was proportionate to the threat of death or grievous bodily harm that he reasonably posed to both of them.

Reasonably Necessary

As set out previously in this report, AP presented as a lethal threat to both SO and WO given his actions in pointing his rifle at them. While WO did not shoot during this incident that does not impact the analysis of SO’s actions. Under the circumstances as then faced by SO, no other use of force options were reasonably available for attempted use. The use by SO of his firearm to incapacitate this lethal threat was reasonably necessary. Given the above, the defence available to SO under s. 25 of the Criminal Code would apply.

Conclusion

Under s. 25 of the Criminal Code a police officer is justified in doing what he or she is authorized to do and to use as much force as is reasonably necessary where he or she has reasonable grounds to do so. Force intended to cause death or grievous bodily harm is justified if the officer believes, on reasonable grounds, that the force was necessary to prevent the death or grievous bodily harm of the officer and/or any other person. The analysis under s.34 of the Criminal Code leads to a similar finding that subject officer’s actions were lawfully permitted.

After a thorough, independent and objective investigation into the conduct of the subject officers, it is my opinion that they were lawfully placed and acting properly in the execution of their duties. There is no evidence to support any belief that any officer engaged in any unlawful or unreasonable conduct that would give rise to an offence. The force used was proportionate, necessary and reasonable in all the circumstances.

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