Whitehorse, Yukon – On Nov. 24, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed under the framework agreement with the Yukon government to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Whitehorse.
At approximately 12:40 p.m. on Nov. 24, the RCMP received a 911 call regarding a man with a rifle on the Air North Cargo property. Officers arrived at the location at 12:48 p.m., and encountered the man shortly after. The man was still carrying the rifle, and walked toward the officers.
Officers told the man to stop and drop the weapon. The man continued to walk toward the officers and, at 12:50 p.m., an officer discharged his firearm. The man was struck and fell to the ground. A rifle was located on scene.
Officers provided first aid to the man until emergency medical services arrived and took over care. The man was taken to hospital and pronounced deceased.
ASIRT’s investigation will examine the use of force. No additional information will be released.
As part of its ongoing investigation, ASIRT is continuing efforts to identify people who may have witnessed aspects of the confrontation between the man and police. ASIRT is asking anyone who may have been in the area and may have witnessed these events and/or may have video to contact investigators at 780-644-1483.
ASIRT operates in the Yukon under the framework agreement with the Yukon government. ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently and objectively investigate incidents involving 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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