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Alberta’s police watchdog has been called in to investigate a fatal shooting involving RCMP officers.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) says Mounties from Killam in east-central Alberta tried to stop a vehicle on Sunday, but it rammed a marked RCMP vehicle twice before fleeing.

The release says police called off a pursuit but resumed the chase when the vehicle was spotted later, and RCMP say they eventually stopped the truck with a spike belt on Highway 13 near Hardisty.

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RCMP say the vehicle went into a ditch, and when the driver emerged there was a confrontation and officers fired their service weapons.

The 32-year-old man was taken to a local hospital then flown by STARS air ambulance to Edmonton, but died Sunday night.

ASIRT says a replica handgun was recovered from the snow outside the driver’s door of the suspect vehicle.

No police officers were injured.

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