Calgary, AB,

ASIRT investigating officer-involved shooting - 20 Avenue and 35 Street S.E.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been called in to investigate an officer-involved shooting that took place this morning.

At approximately 6:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 26, 2019, an officer responded to a call at 20 Avenue and 35 Street S.E., for reports of a suspicious person wandering in and out of several backyards in the area.

The officer encountered a woman in her 30s who pepper sprayed the officer at which time an altercation occurred, and the woman was shot. She was transported to hospital where she died. The woman’s identity has been confirmed with next of kin notification pending.

The officer, a six-year member, required medical attention at the scene, and has the full support of CPS and the Calgary Police Association. The officer will now be placed on a 30-day administrative leave.

This morning’s incident highlights the reality that there are no routine calls in policing. When our officers respond to a call from the public in their time of need, we are driven by our common purpose of keeping our community safe. At times this means officers find themselves at risk, needing to respond to a dynamic situation that unfolds in a blink of an eye.

CASE # 1926610