Calgary, AB,

Charges laid in relation to officer involved shooting

The Calgary Police Service has charged one man in relation to events leading up to an officer involved shooting.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, police were called to a hit-and-run between a cyclist and a suspected stolen black SUV at Dermot Baldwin Way and 4 Avenue S.E.

When police arrived, they received information that the suspect vehicle intentionally struck the cyclist and then left the scene.

While emergency service personnel attended to the seriously injured cyclist, the subject vehicle reappeared on Dermot Baldwin Way and drove directly at the officers.

One officer had to take evasive and decisive action and dove out of the way to gain cover inside a Calgary police vehicle. He narrowly avoided being struck, but the police van was hit by the suspect vehicle and was significantly damaged.  

The situation escalated quickly, resulting in an on scene member discharging his firearm. The vehicle continued on, coming to rest a short while later on Riverfront Avenue S.E.

The man shot was taken to hospital and has since been released.

The cyclist was also transported to hospital with serious injuries.

Einar James BEARHAT, 20, of Calgary, is charged with attempted murder, assault with a weapon and possession of stolen property.

A woman that was taken into custody at the time has since been released with no charges in relation to this incident. A third potential suspect who left the scene remains outstanding.

The SUV used in the hit-and-run on Dermot Baldwin Way has been confirmed to be associated with other violent incidents that occurred throughout the day, however the individuals and their connection to those crimes is still under investigation.