10/21/2011 06:10 EDT | Updated 12/21/2011 05:12 EST

Man With Axe Shot Dead By Police


A man is dead after being shot by a police officer in Calgary’s northwest Thursday night.

Calgary police were responding to a domestic dispute call in the 200 block of Citadel Peak Circle at approximately 10 p.m. Thursday.

When they arrived, a man came outside and confronted them with an long-handled axe.

That's when one of the officers was somehow knocked unconscious, according to The Calgary Police Association, which represents rank and file officers.

Both officers later fired shots and killed the axe-wielding man.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating.

They are working to piece together exactly how two Calgary police officers were threatened in the fatal shooting, said ASIRT director Cliff Purvis.

“We have not yet been able to establish with any degree of certainty what the male did with the axe when he exited the residence,” said Purvis.

“We do know however that almost immediately a number of shots were fired by both police officers who had attended.”

Purvis says investigators are interviewing people who were inside the house — as well as neighbours.

ASIRT currently has eight open investigations involving the Calgary Police Service.

Calgary police have said the shooting is tragic — both for the man's family and for the officers.

No names of those involved have been released.