Tuesday , 21 March 2023

ASIRT says man confronted RCMP officer with fire extinguisher before gunshot was fired

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says they will examine the use of force used by a Vermilion RCMP officer who shot a Lloyd man at the Vermilion hospital last week.

New details were released on the officer involved shooting on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, March 1, Vermilion RCMP helped EMS take a man to the hospital who was having a panic attack, police said, at approximately 3:15pm.

In the original press release, RCMP said the man was impaired by drugs and required medical attention.

Officers were asked to remain at the hospital for the next several hours, and accompanied the male outside at around 10:00pm as the man had a smoke.

Upon re-entering the health centre, the male grabbed a fire extinguisher from the wall and engaged in a confrontation with the RCMP officer, ASIRT says. 

That’s when the officer shot their gun. The 33-year-old man was taken by STARS Ambulance to Edmonton for treatment.

He remains in hospital, ASIRT says.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.