Grande Prairie man ‘wished to die at the hands of police’: ASIRT

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According to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, the 19-year-old man actually planned the confrontation with police in Grande Prairie on Jan. 2, 2015.

“The available evidence paints a clear picture of a young man who wished to die at the hands of police and who carefully orchestrated a confrontation which left police with little alternative but to respond with lethal force.

The evidence also establishes that, despite clear statements to the contrary, the man never wished harm to come to anyone other than himself.”

The report says he armed himself with a unloaded pellet gun that appeared to be a real handgun, and ordered the store clerk to call police.

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The worker was allowed to leave the store, and he told Mounties, through the phone, that he was carrying a gun and would kill officers if they did not shoot him first.

When he came out of the store, an officer shot him in the stomach and legs after he aimed the pellet gun at Mounties. The man died in hospital from his injuries.

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