Multiple Edmonton Police shoot, kill man after traffic stop for outstanding warrants


Incident ID
Incident Title
Multiple Edmonton Police shoot, kill man after traffic stop for outstanding warrants
Incident Date
Incident Description
On the twenty-sixth of December 2018 at 2:00 PM Buck Evans, his girlfriend Melissa Dumais and a friend were stopped in their truck by multiple police officers in at least four vehicles. Thirty-four year old Evans was wanted in connection with an ongoing investigation and had several warrants against him for other alleged crimes. Evans had been barred from owning a firearm since 2018 but was believed to be armed by the police and indeed was traveling with a SKS semi-automatic rifle at the time. After being stopped, the trio were ordered to exit the vehicle with Dumais and the other passenger complying but Evans in the back refusing. According to ASIRT after Evans refused to comply, he fired his weapon but according to Dumais Evans was not holding his rifle when she left with it being on the truck’s floor instead. Video filmed by a witness in a nearby apartment does not confirm if he did use his rifle. While blurry and taken from a distance, it shows about four police officers facing the truck demanding Evans exit it. One officer fires a shotgun and eight seconds later, after further demands for Evans to exit unleash a volley of gunfire. There is then a pause with further shots being fired with a total of about thirty being fired. Several bullets hit the neighbouring apartment buildings with at least one passing through into a bedroom. It is unclear whether Evans fired his weapon during this time and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Evans' girlfriend believed the police response constituted use of excessive force. An ASIRT investigation is ongoing.
Description Type
Non-eyewitness, based on documentation
Incident City
Incident Neighbourhood
King Edward Park
Injuries Incurred
Weapon used
Gun: service weapon
Type of Abuse
Physical violence
Fatal violence
Victim Gender
Victim Race
Authority Involved
Edmonton Police Service
Officer Physical Description
At least four officers
Officer Gender
Complaint Filed
ASIRT Investigation ongoing
Submission Source
Research team
From published source
Archive Publication Date