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Alberta legislature adjourns after apparent suicide on front steps

Police have confirmed the incident was “non-criminal.”

Alberta’s legislature adjourned early Monday afternoon after a person fatally shot himself on the building’s front steps. 

Legislative assembly staff confirmed to CTV News that there was a firearm incident on the building’s front steps, assuring the “matter has been contained by security and the Edmonton Police Service,” and that there was no public safety risk.

Speaker Nathan Cooper adjourned the legislature at around 3:15 pm.

“I hate to interrupt, however there is an issue that is important to the assembly,” he said. “I’d just like to take a five minute recess. If both members of the assembly want to pop into their respective lounges, I’d be happy to provide an update in a moment.”

First responders attempted to resuscitate the victim but were unsuccessful. He has not been identified publicly by authorities, though police have confirmed the incident was “non-criminal.”

If you or anyone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. Suicide prevention and support are also available 24/7 from Crisis Services Canada by calling 1-833-456-4566 or by texting 45645.

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