ASIRT Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Calgary


On Sunday March 20, the Director of Law Enforcement directed the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting on that same day in Calgary.

At approximately 3:40 p.m. on March 20, 2016, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) received a complaint of a man with a gun in Stanley Park, located in the 300 block of 42 Avenue Southwest Calgary. CPS members responded to the location where they located an adult male matching the description provided. As they were approaching the man, he began walking away in the heavily populated park.

CPS members confronted the man at which time he produced a handgun, which resulted in a CPS member discharging a service pistol at the man. The man fled a short distance through the park and was confronted again where he subsequently placed the handgun on the ground and surrendered to police. The handgun being carried by the man was seized and determined to be a replica antique handgun. No one was injured as a result of the incident.

The CPS will conduct the investigation into any possible criminal conduct of the man. ASIRT’s investigation will focus on the circumstances surrounding the police interaction with the man that led to the discharge of a service pistol.

ASIRT investigators are asking anyone who was in Stanley Park shortly after 3:40 p.m. on Sunday and who may have seen the confrontations between the police and the man to contact ASIRT at 403-592-4306.

With the ASIRT investigation underway, no further comment will be available until the conclusion of the investigation.

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. For the purposes of this mandate, it includes incidents involving the firing of a service weapon at a person that would likely have resulted in serious injury or death had the person been struck.