ASIRT Investigates Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting of Indigenous Man in Gleichen

Cavin Poucette. (Facebook)

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is looking into a fatal shooting of an Indigenous man in which RCMP were involved in the community of Gleichen.

At about 4 a.m. Thursday, two officers pulled over a driver and his girlfriend in the community near Haskayne Avenue and Gleichan Street.

RCMP said while conducting the traffic stop, officers observed a firearm in the vehicle.

While trying to arrest 26-year-old Cavin Poucette, a confrontation took place that led to an officer firing his weapon.

Bullet holes can be seen in the windshield of a vehicle that is at the centre of a police investigation in Gleichen.

Poucette was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further details on what this confrontation entailed was provided by RCMP.

According to CTV News, family members identified Poucette as the victim of Thursday morning’s fatal shooting.

Poucette was a “proud Cree” originally from Morley on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, friends told Postmedia.

Poucette’s social media accounts have been flooded with tributes and messages of condolence.

Gleichen is 90 kilometres southeast of Calgary.

Poucette’s death occurred just hours before RCMP near Bashaw AB., approached a man inside a stolen car parked in a rural area. The suspect entered into a confrontation with officers, resulting in them firing their weapons.

He was airlifted to hospital in critical condition and later died.

No other details were released about the victim.

That shooting is also under ASIRT investigation.