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ASIRT assigned to investigate a pursuit that ended in man taken to hospital with serious injuries

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been assigned to investigate a Calgary Police Service pursuit of a stolen vehicle that started within city limits and ended south of Calgary in RCMP jurisdiction.
The incident began at 8 p.m. on October 28 when the Calgary Police Service received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle near the Drop-In Centre in Calgary. HAWCS assisted by monitoring the movements of the stolen vehicle and providing updates to the police officers on the ground.

Calgary police officers attempted to stop the stolen vehicle in the downtown area but were unsuccessful. The vehicle continued south on MacLeod Trail and became involved in at least one collision with one other motorist. It has not been confirmed if the occupants of the other vehicle sustained injuries as a result of the collision. The stolen vehicle then exited the city limits where the Okotoks RCMP became involved.

RCMP officers stopped the stolen vehicle with a spike belt and the driver was taken into custody with the assistance of a Calgary Police Service K-9. It was at this time that the driver sustained serious injuries and was transported to hospital for treatment.

ASIRT continues to investigate the incident.  Upon completion, ASIRT’s Executive Director will determine whether the actions of the police were lawful and appropriate for the circumstances.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

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  • Kamla McGonigal , November 13, 2014 @ 5:35 am

    Oh no, not again… why should someone in police custody subsequently “sustain serious injuries” – enough to land them in the hospital. I’m a Registered Nurse & have never, would never, purposefully harm someone under my care, regardless how they behaved. I’m not judging, just don’t understand why this happens.

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