ASIRT investigating incident involving injured deer

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating an incident involving the actions of a Lethbridge Police officer who used his service vehicle to euthanize an injured deer.

Late in the day on January 7, 2019 LPS was contacted by a local media agency after a citizen submitted a video that shows an on-duty officer using a police truck to drive over an injured deer along the 1600 block of Scenic Drive South in an effort to euthanize it.

After reviewing the video Chief Rob Davis notified the Director of Law Enforcement and an independent ASIRT investigation was subsequently directed.

“After watching the video I understand the concerns people have and I can assure the community we take this incident very seriously,” said Chief Rob Davis. “Transparency is paramount to the public’s trust and confidence in the police service and I welcome this independent investigation.”

The ASIRT investigation will review the officer’s actions as well as LPS policy and procedures for responding to injured animal calls.

The officer involved will remain assigned to regular duties while the investigation is completed.

All further media inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to ASIRT. LPS will not provide any additional comment or details in order to protect the integrity of the ASIRT investigation.

ASIRT has jurisdiction over all sworn police officers in Alberta. Their mandate is to investigate incidents or complaints involving serious injury or the death of any person, and matters of a serious or sensitive nature, that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer.