UPDATE: 6:21 pm: The RCMP have cleared the QEll in both directions and it is reopened for travel. The public is thanked for their patience.
UPDATE 2:23 pm:
From the Alberta RCMP:
At 8:15 this morning, Blackfalds RCMP responded to a firearms complaint at a residence in Blackfalds. RCMP arrived at the residence, and more shots were fired outside of the residence towards the RCMP vehicles. An adult female, not related to the incident, suffered a gunshot wound.
The female has been transported to a hospital with serious injuries.
RCMP contained the area however the male involved fled in a vehicle. He was located travelling northbound on the QEII. RCMP deployed a tire deflation device and a brief pursuit followed. The vehicle crossed the median and continued travelling north in the southbound lane.
The vehicle came to a stop and a confrontation occurred, resulting in the death of the 27-year-old male. During the incident, one RCMP officer suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries.
The Director of Law Enforcement has been notified and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the officer-involved shooting and the actions of police. The RCMP will continue to investigate the events leading up to the final confrontation with police.
The Alberta RCMP will not be commenting further on this incident. All media inquiries about this incident should now be directed to ASIRT at 780-641-9099.
UPDATE: 10:24 am:
The RCMP has informed the Town of Blackfalds that there is no further risk to the public at this time, but residents are still being asked to avoid the area as police continue to investigate.
As of 9:00 am, there is a large police presence in Blackfalds that prompted a warning from the Town for residents of the Lansdowne and Briarwood area, (the Rolling Hills Neighbourhood) to lock their doors and stay in their basements until further notice.
We will provide you with any updates as they become available.
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