07/31/2013 01:42 EDT | Updated 09/30/2013 05:12 EDT

Edmonton Police's Fatal Bank Shooting Justified: ASIRT

EDMONTON - An investigation has concluded that two Edmonton police officers were justified when they shot and killed a suspected bank robber.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, known as ASIRT, says there was no criminal offence when the officers used lethal force against a man armed with a handgun.

Last December, the police service received a 911 call from an employee at a Canadian Western Bank about an armed robbery.

ASIRT says two officers who entered the bank became "engaged" with a man who had a gun.

He was told to put down the weapon but refused.

Both officers fired their guns and struck the 24-year-old man several times.

He died the following day as a result of gunshot injuries.

“After having considered the complete investigative report, I am satisfied that both subject officers were justified in firing their police service weapons in all of the circumstances,” said ASIRT executive director Clif Purvis.

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