COLD LAKE, Alta. – RCMP have shot and killed a man on a reserve in northeastern Alberta.
It’s the third death this month involving Mounties in the province.
The 52-year-old was shot at a home on the Cold Lake First Nation’s reserve on Thursday and was pronounced dead in hospital.
“RCMP officers were at the residence to execute an arrest warrant on the individual when a confrontation took place,” said a police news release.
An emailed statement from the band’s chief and council expressed condolences and asked for privacy for the man’s family.
“In the coming days, we will provide more information to our members as the facts and investigation are underway.”
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, an independent body that investigates police actions that lead to serious injury or death, was at the scene Friday.
The unit is also investigating the other two deaths and a non-fatal shooting in recent weeks.
On Aug. 1, RCMP pulled over a suspected impaired driver near Grande Cache northwest of Jasper. Mounties said the man behind the wheel was shot and wounded during an altercation. He fled but was caught a short time later and taken to hospital.
Family later identified the injured man as Curtis Hallock, a regular sidekick on the reality TV show “Mantracker.”
The following day, RCMP in Leduc, just south of Edmonton, used a Taser while trying to arrest a suspect in a series of assaults, thefts, driving complaints and hit-and-runs. The 27-year-old went into medical distress while in handcuffs and later died in hospital.
That same weekend, an officer pulled over another suspected impaired driver near Ma Me O Beach on Pigeon Lake southwest of Edmonton.
RCMP said while the officer tried to arrest one of five men inside the car, there was an altercation and two of the occupants were shot. A 30-year-old man from Pigeon Lake died at the scene. His 41-year-old brother was taken to hospital with chest wounds.