The last moments of Phillip Blair's life were violent and chaotic.
He was driving a BMW north on the wrong side of Highway 2, pursued by half a dozen police vehicles. His car was hit from behind and swung sideways.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team said RCMP video showed the driver step out of the car armed with a 12-gauge, semi-automatic shotgun. ASIRT said he immediately raised the gun and pointed it at the officers surrounding him.
There was a brief exchange of gunfire. One Mountie was injured.
Blair died at the scene.
His heartbroken parents, family and countless friends have refused until now to say anything publicly about the death.