On Wednesday (April 13, 2023) , at around 4:30 p.m., Red Deer RCMP officers responded to a complaint of a male threatening to harm individuals with a knife inside a residence. Red Deer RCMP officers went to the residence and located the male, when an altercation occurred between the male and the officers that resulted in one officer discharging their service pistol. A 33 year-old male was pronounced deceased at the residence.
No officers were physically injured during this incident.
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, we immediately notified the Director of Law Enforcement and initiated our internal review process.
The Director of Law Enforcement deemed this to be “in scope” and has directed the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) to investigate.
Independent of ASIRT’s investigation, the Alberta RCMP’s internal review process has been implemented to gather a full account of what took place during this incident. RCMP training, policy, police response, and the duty status of the members involved will be subject to review. The Alberta RCMP is, of course, fully cooperating with ASIRT and will not be commenting further on this incident. All media inquiries about this incident should now be directed to ASIRT at 780-641-9099.