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ASIRT investigating after Cochrane RCMP officer shoots man

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The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating after an officer-involved shooting in Cochrane left one man dead.

According to a Cochrane RCMP press release, officers were called to a local residence shortly after 7 p.m. Dec. 6, after being notified of concerns for the wellbeing of a male and his partner. 

It was believed the man had numerous firearms and when RCMP arrived, he barricaded himself inside the residence, the police said. 

"Alternate means were deployed to force the man out," the release stated. "The male exited the residence and a confrontation occurred that resulted in a member of the Emergency Response Team discharging a service weapon, injuring the man."

The man was transported to the hospital but declared deceased while enroute, according to police. No officers were injured and no other civilians were directly involved in confrontation.

ASIRT, the provincial body responsible for investigating officer-involved incidents in Alberta, has been directed to look into the circumstances surrounding this incident and the actions of police. 

RCMP will continue to investigate the actions of the man and the events leading up to the confrontation with police.

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