Saskatchewan Serious Incident Response Team confirms weapon was recovered during investigation into fatal officer-involved shooting

The Saskatchewan Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) has revealed more details into the ongoing investigation of the officer-involved shooting in Prince Albert and are asking for witnesses of the incident to come forward.

According to SIRT, around 10:40 p.m. on Jan. 16, a member of PAPS in a marked police vehicle had commenced an investigation on the 400 Block of South Industrial Drive. During the course of the encounter, a short foot pursuit and a confrontation occurred when one of the police officers discharged their service pistol, striking a 34-year-old man.

PAPS members provided first aid until EMS arrived, who transported the man to hospital where he was later declared deceased.

SIRT’s Civilian Executive Director along with three investigators and a community liaison arrived in Prince Albert to take lead of the investigation shortly after being notified of the incident by the Prince Albert Police Service Monday night.

SIRT revealed that during the course of their investigation, a weapon was recovered from the scene and has been secured as evidence.

As part of the ongoing investigation, SIRT is asking anyone who was in the area between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. and may have witnessed or have video of the incident to contact SIRT at 306-933-6342.

While SIRT will not be releasing more details at this time, a final report of the incident will be issued to the public within 90 days of the investigation ending.