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Man who called police wanting a ‘shootout’ dead after RCMP shots fired in Calling Lake

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No one else was injured.

Alberta’s director of law enforcement has been notified and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the office-involved shooting and the actions of the police.

The RCMP will continue to investigate the actions of the man and the events leading up to the confrontation with the police.

Second fatal officer-involved shooting since Friday

It’s the second fatal officer-involved shooting Alberta’s police watchdog is investigating this weekend, after a 4 p.m. Friday case in Edmonton that left another man dead.

Family members have identified the Edmonton man as Marty Powder.

Edmonton police responded to a report of a man with a weapon at a home near 118 Avenue and 69 Street around 4:15 p.m. Friday. When officers arrived they got into an altercation with a man and fired their weapons. EMS was called to the scene where the man was declared dead.

Neighbours told Postmedia that they heard between five and seven shots followed by multiple police tactical vehicles and cruisers arriving.

An Edmonton Police Service officer is seen as ASIRT investigates an officer-involved shooting near 68 Street and 118 Avenue on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

Amber Reid said Saturday that her cousin, Marty Powder, was the man who was killed. She did not know any of the circumstances that led to his death but said Powder was the subject of an Edmonton Police Service release in November 2019 warning that he was being released from prison and was considered a violent offender.

The release states Powder was known to commit offences against people he knew and did not know. He was released on conditions including a curfew from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m., refraining from buying, drinking or being in possession of alcohol or drugs and not being able to leave the city of Edmonton without written consent.

He was also not allowed to be in licensed premises or enter into any romantic or sexual relationships without informing his partner of his past convictions.

Neighbours said police were regularly in the area and appeared to be checking on Powder.

Lance Reid, Powder’s nephew, said later Saturday that “he was one of the most peaceful men I knew and a real role model to look to for getting out of the street life and off drugs and alcohol … after his last conviction he dropped his gang ties and was living the sober life.”

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