On June 8, 2015, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed by the Director of Law Enforcement to investigate the death of a man involved in the shooting of two Edmonton police officers.
On June 8, police officers attended a private residence in west Edmonton near 186 Street and 62A Avenue to arrest 42 year old Norman Walter Raddatz, on outstanding warrants. Police obtained a warrant to enter the home to make the arrest. When police attempted entry into the home, they were fired upon by Mr. Raddatz. Tragically, Cst. Daniel Woodall, was shot and killed and Sgt. Jason Harley was injured. While police set up and maintained custody and control of the scene, Mr. Radditz retreated further into the residence. As the standoff continued, it became apparent that a fire had started within the residence. Once entry could safely be made into the fire damaged home, a body was located. The condition of the remains prevented identification.
On June 10, 2015, the Medical Examiner’s office completed the autopsy on the remains and determined the cause and manner of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The remains have been confirmed to be those of Norman Walter Raddatz. It has also been confirmed that he was already deceased by the time fire engulfed the home.
The man’s death, having occurred while contained in a residence under the custody and control of police officers, is considered to be an in-custody death. As such, ASIRT has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. Edmonton Police Service has maintained conduct of the investigation into the shooting of the two police officers.
ASIRT’s investigation continues and, as such, no further information will be released until such time the investigation has been formally concluded.
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.