Charges laid in relation to events leading up to officer-involved shooting - South Calgary
Christopher Dwight LEAMING, 23, has been charged with the following offences in relation to events that led up to the officer-involved shooting yesterday, Friday, July 27, 2018:
- Possession of stolen property over $5,000
- Dangerous driving
- Flight from police
- Disqualified driving
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Prohibited possession of a firearm
- Possession of a prohibited weapon
- Prohibited weapon in a vehicle
- Unsafe storage/transport of a prohibited weapon
LEAMING remains in custody until his next court appearance on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.
Original release below:
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been called in to investigate following an officer-involved shooting this afternoon, Friday, July 27, 2018.
Shortly after 4 p.m., a stolen vehicle with two occupants was observed southbound on Edmonton Trail. HAWCS and the Tactical Unit were called in to assist after the vehicle went mobile, driving throughout south Calgary, at times into oncoming traffic and on sidewalks. The Ford F150 entered the parking lot at Chinook Centre, into oncoming mall traffic, before returning onto Macleod Trail.
At approximately 5 p.m., a decision was made that the vehicle’s driving pattern presented significant risk to public safety and that the vehicle had to be stopped. A Tactical Unit vehicle made intentional contact with the Ford F150 at southbound Macleod Trail and Heritage Drive. Shortly after, a Tactical Unit member discharged his service firearm.
The two occupants were taken into custody and one was transported to hospital with minor injuries unrelated to the officer’s discharge of his firearm.
Thankfully no members of the public or officers were injured as a result of this incident.
The subject officer is now on a 30-day administrative leave, as per policy.
ASIRT has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest and discharge of firearm. CPS has responsibility for the continuing investigation into the possible criminal conduct of the occupants of the vehicle.