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ASIRT investigating after shots fired in attempted south side robbery
Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:45PM MST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 11, 2012 7:13PM MST
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team and police are investigating, after an attempted armed robbery at a bank in South Edmonton Common ended with the suspect suffering gunshot wounds.
Edmonton police said officers were called to a bank located at 21 Avenue and 99 Street Tuesday afternoon – where an armed robbery had been reported.
“Just prior to 2 p.m., Edmonton Police Service members responded to the report of an armed robbery in progress,” Clifton Purvis with ASIRT said.
“Two uniformed members responded on scene, entered the bank, and in the bank they dealt with a suspect that was armed with a handgun.”
Police confirmed the suspect in the armed robbery sustained life threatening injuries in the shooting, and was taken to hospital.
Because two officers were involved in the shooting, ASIRT will also be investigating.
The suspect was described the suspect as a man in his 20s - CTV News has learned he was shot multiple times and had to undergo surgery later Tuesday afternoon.
Officials with the Canadian Western Bank (CWB) told CTV News no staff or clients were injured.
Kirby Hill with the CWB said all employees take part in regular training to handle such situations.
“We have regular training for bank robberies as well as a whole host of other things, just as part of our regular preparedness and business continuity,” Hill said.
“This is an incident we certainly take very seriously,” Hill went on to say it appeared all procedures were followed correctly during the attempted robbery.
Investigators are questioning a number of people who were involved or witnessed the incident, including the driver of a cab that was parked at the scene, and ASIRT investigators are questioning the officers who fired their weapons.
“In this investigation, as in every investigation, we seek the truth,” Purvis said. “We’ll gather all the facts, [and] determine what happened.
“Indeed, we’ll determine whether the officers were justified in discharging their weapons.”
With files from Susan Amerongen