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ASIRT Investigates CPS Officer-Involved Shooting

On July 15, 2016, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed by the Director of Law Enforcement to investigate an incident involving the Calgary Police Service (CPS).

On July 15, 2016, at approximately 7:57 p.m., members of the Calgary Police Service were called to a single level underground parkade located on Inglewood Park SE in response to a complaint of unknown persons entering the parkade in a vehicle. The building in question had an issue involving prior thefts from vehicles in the parkade.

The officers in attendance separated into two groups to search the east and west sides of the parkade. Two of the officers noticed an SUV circling the parkade and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver refused to stop. The SUV struck a parked vehicle. The front passenger, a 21-year-old man, fled the vehicle on foot, pursued by an officer and was apprehended in a stairwell. As the vehicle proceeded through the parkade, a confrontation occurred between another set of officers and the remaining occupants of the vehicle. During the confrontation, shots were fired by one officer. The SUV crashed into a parked vehicle and came to rest. The driver, a 41-year-old man, was examined and determined to be deceased. A 25-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest.

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. As the investigation in this case is underway, no further information will be released at this time.

The Calgary Police Service will maintain responsibility for the investigation into the conduct of the driver and three individuals apprehended on scene.

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