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08/09/2015 18:36 EDT | Updated 08/09/2016 01:12 EDT

Alberta team that's investigating police shooting hopes work crew saw something

EDSON, Alta. — Alberta's police watchdog is hoping members of a work crew may have witnessed an incident where officers shot and wounded a man.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says in a news release that a 27-year-old man went to the probation office in the Edson Provincial Courthouse on Friday to speak with a probation officer.

It says that while he was with the officer, he pulled out a weapon and threatened to kill himself.

Staff called the RCMP and told them there was a man at the courthouse with a weapon.

The release says RCMP found the man in a nearby grassy field across from a busy commercial area, and that there was a confrontation where officers shot and wounded the man.

The civilian-led provincial watchdog agency has taken over the investigation of the shooting, and says members of a work crew at a hotel across the street from the incident may have seen something.

"(The team's) investigators on scene have interviewed some witnesses. However, (they) would like to interview any other witnesses, as the incident happened in a busy commercial area," the release stated.

The man suffered life-threatening injuries but was reported to be in stable condition in hospital in Edmonton on the weekend.

The release noted the man was known to the probation officer and to police.

It said he was "visibly upset, displayed signs of impairment and engaged in erratic behaviour" while at the probation office.

Sgt. Josee Valiquette said Friday that officers tried to make a peaceful arrest but were unsuccessful and the man was shot.

No one else was hurt in the incident.

 

The Canadian Press