Saskatoon police issued a media release Sunday stating that Warman RCMP first contacted them around 8 p.m. Saturday night with a report of a man in distress driving towards Saskatoon.
The suspect was allegedly armed with a handgun and threatening to harm himself and police.
RCMP spiked the vehicle’s tires near the intersection of Valley Road and Dundonald Avenue around 9:20 p.m., just as Saskatoon police units were also converging at the scene.
Saskatoon police and RCMP members confronted the man, who reportedly refused to comply with their instructions.
Police said the man then shot at the officers at the scene, causing them to return fire. An RCMP spokesman stated Sunday that none of the Mounties present fired their weapons.
The suspect was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.
Police said the man had been on the phone with a number of people throughout the incident, including police crisis negotiators.
The provincial Ministry of Justice has been asked to step in and provide independent oversight of the investigation.
Police did not release the name of the deceased.
No officers involved in the incident were hurt.