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ASIRT investigating after man fatally shot by police in northwest Edmonton

Police were responding to an apartment fire when local residents reported a man with a gun nearby. (ASIRT - image credit)
Police were responding to an apartment fire when local residents reported a man with a gun nearby. (ASIRT - image credit)

Alberta's police watchdog is investigating after an Edmonton police officer shot and killed a man in the Inglewood neighbourhood on Friday.

Police were assisting firefighters at an apartment complex fire around 9:50 p.m., in the area of 116th Avenue and 124nd  Street, according to an Edmonton Police Service news release on Saturday.

An officer at the scene was approached by local residents who said a man with a firearm was outside a nearby home about a block away.

The officer went to the rear of the residence where the encountered a man with a weapon, police said. There was a confrontation and the officer shot the man.

Life-saving efforts were attempted but the man died from his injuries. No police officers were injured.

Police said a firearm was located at the scene.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been directed to investigate.