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Enlightened investigating officers on suspect intersection shot



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Glenn Justin (Occo) Ironchild, 36, was shot by Edmonton police after brandishing an rifle in the middle of a busy intersection.

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A policeman who shot a man who aimed a gun at people at a busy Edmonton intersection, acted reasonably and did what was necessary under the circumstances.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) completed its investigation into the police action in March 2017, after an officer shot Glenn Ironchild, wounding but not killing the man at the intersection of 137 Avenue with 50 Street.

Ironchild was aiming a long-barreled rifle at people and passing by drivers.

The ASIRT discovered that opening fire at the Ironchild at the intersection was not only lawful and reasonable, but necessary.

"The police did not choose this location, nor created the circumstances that require the use of lethal force. In this situation, any response other than the use of lethal force would have given the man time to shoot and would present an unacceptable risk to the lives of the many people trapped in this harrowing event, "says an ASIRT report describing the results of his investigation.

According to the report, two police officers responded to the area after witnesses reported a man pointing a gun to people and vehicles, including two city buses.

Because of traffic congestion in the area, the police had to leave their vehicle and run to the scene on foot. On arrival, Ironchild made no attempt to lower the weapon or flee the area. When an officer was about 20-30 yards away, Ironchild fell into a low "shooting position" and leveled his reach for the official.

The officer ordered Ironchild to lower the gun. When Ironchild failed, the cop shot him. After firing at him, the officers administered the first aid to the Ironchild while waiting for the paramedics.

Ironchild was sentenced to four and a half years in prison in March after pleading guilty to five counts of brandishing the weapon.

Court heard Ironchild was trying "suicide by cop" on the day in question. Ironchild apologized for his actions, and told the court that the policeman who shot him was just doing his job.

ASIRT always investigates whether the police are involved in serious injury or death.

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