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By CODI WILSON, edmontonjournal.com
July 28, 2011 5:06 PM
EDMONTON – RCMP officers who shot and killed a Sherwood Park man last January were acting in self-defence, an independent investigation has found.
No charges will be laid.
Clifton Purvis, head of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, said the officers and were justified in shooting Murray McCoy after an eight-hour standoff at a rural home near Range Road 223 and Township Road 510. It was reported that McCoy, 56, pointed a 12-gauge shotgun at police and four officers fired their weapons, killing him.
“He told negotiators … that he intended to kill police officers or be killed,” Purvis said.
Purvis said McCoy had a history of depression and had not taken his medication that day.
Provincial investigators seized all weapons as part of their investigation. No one else was injured during the standoff.
ASIRT has 23 investigations underway into cases of police-involved shootings or corruption allegations. On average, charges are laid in approximately 10 per cent of cases.
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