Westlock, Alberta – On March 11, 2022, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Westlock RCMP officers were conducting follow-up investigation in relation to a domestic dispute. The investigation indicated the suspect was staying at a local business, he had outstanding warrants and was likely in possession of a firearm.
During the execution of the warrant, one officer discharged their duty pistol. No one was injured as a result of 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 deemed the incident to be “in scope” for ASIRT, however assigned the investigation to the RCMP.
Alberta RCMP Serious Crimes have taken over carriage of the investigation. An update will be provided when available.
Independent of ASIRT, 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.
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