The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of an individual located in a burned out residence in west Edmonton near 186 Street and 62A Avenue, where one Edmonton Police Service member lost his life and another was injured.
ASIRT has the mandate to investigate incidents involving police that have resulted in the death or serious injury of a person. As the body was found in a residence that was being contained by police, it is considered to be an in-custody death. The Edmonton Police Service will continue to conduct the investigation into the death of the officer and the serious injury to another. ASIRT will focus on the circumstances surrounding the death of the person found in the residence.
Crime scene examination will be very complex in this case. It is complicated significantly by the fire that caused extensive damage. The identity of the individual found deceased in the residence has not yet been conclusively confirmed and it is not clear at this point in the investigation whether identification will be possible prior to an autopsy being conducted. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled but will be conducted at soon as reasonably possible in the circumstances of this case.
ASIRT’s investigation is in its very early stages and as such, there will be no further comment until after an autopsy has been conducted.
ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.