Edmonton police shoot and wound suicidal man armed with a pellet rifle


A photo of a rifle-style gun lying in the snow with a yellow crime scene card labelled "1" next to it.
Incident ID
Incident Title
Edmonton police shoot and wound suicidal man armed with a pellet rifle
Incident Date
Incident Description
On the twenty-seventh of December 2015 just beforeat 3:52 AM a drunk fifty year old man called 911 informing the dispatcher that he was going to kill himself with a gun as well as that he wanted to commit suicide by cop. At 4:05 another man in the house told the dispatcher that the man had been drinking and that he only had a pellet rifle. Two police officers arrived shortly afterwards at the house at 149 Street near 85 Avenue in an unmarked police car with their sirens and lights blaring and the man walked outside pellet rifle in hand, threatening to shoot them. Taking cover behind their vehicle the two officers drew their weapons and demanded the man drop the gun or they would fire upon him. He disregarded their command and continued shouting at, and walking towards them whereupon the officers shot twice and hit the man in the leg a single time. The whole incident lasted about a minute. He was then taken to the hospital where he was treated for his wound.
Description Type
Non-eyewitness, based on documentation
Incident City
Incident Neighbourhood
Laurier Heights
Injuries Incurred
Gunshot: leg
Weapon used
Guns: service weapon
Type of Abuse
Physical violence
Victim Gender
Authority Involved
Edmonton Police Service
Officer Physical Description
Two officers
Complaint Resolution
Investigation concluded officers acted appropriately.
ASIRT Investigation closed November 25, 2016
Submission Source
Research team
From published source
Archive Publication Date