ASIRT Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Calgary

On January 24, 2016, ASIRT was directed to enter into an investigation into the circumstances surrounding an officer involved shooting that occurred on the same date in Calgary, Alberta.

Late in the afternoon, members of the Calgary Police Service responded to a residential area in northwest Calgary in response to 911 calls of shots being fired. Police were able to isolate the location that the shots were coming from to a particular residence in the community. As police commenced setting up containment points around the residence, shots continued to be fired from within both the front and rear of the residence. A standoff between the resident and police commenced.

Shortly after 6 p.m., a man in a wheelchair exited the rear of the residence armed with a handgun and engaged in a direct confrontation with police that resulted in the man being shot by police. Immediate medical assistance was provided but the man succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead at the scene. The handgun was recovered. Aside from the deceased man, no one else was present in the residence during the standoff.

The deceased man was a 53-year-old resident of Calgary and was known to police.

An autopsy is scheduled for January 26, 2016.

With ASIRT’s investigation underway, further comment will not be available until the investigation is completed.

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.