Calgary, AB,

Calgary Police Service charge man in officer-involved shooting

The Calgary Police Service has charged a man in relation to an officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier this week.

At approximately 4:05 a.m., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, police were called to a parking lot in a shopping complex, located in the 200 block of Shawville Boulevard S.E., for reports of a suspicious person armed with a weapon who was making threatening statements.

Police contained the area and encountered a man in his 30s who was believed to be armed with a weapon. The situation escalated at which time the man was shot by police.

After the shooting, the man failed to comply with demands to drop his weapon and additional force was necessary to take him into custody and provide required medical attention. The man was taken into custody at which point he was transported to hospital.

As a result, Daniel Richard BALCERZAK, 35, of Claresholm, Alberta, is charged with:

  • Two counts of assaulting a police officer
  • Two counts of assault with a weapon
  • One count of weapon dangerous to public peace
  • One count of uttering threats to cause death

Balcerzak remains in custody in hospital in stable, non life-threatening condition and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

This 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 duty to protect public safety. At times this means officers find themselves at risk, needing to respond to a dynamic situation that unfolds quickly.

Note to media: As this is an active ASIRT investigation, CPS will not be available for further comment.

Case #19365923