Calgary, AB,

First responders injured by combative patient at crash site

The Calgary Police Service is currently investigating a collision on northbound Deerfoot Trail which left two EMS paramedics and a CPS member injured by a combative patient at the scene.

Emergency crews responded to Deerfoot Trail between 17 Avenue S.E. and Memorial Drive, around 4 p.m. At least four cars were involved in the initial collision and when first responders arrived they were confronted by a combative man who had been involved in the crash.

Several members of EMS, the Calgary Fire Department and CPS were involved in attempting to restrain the patient. A conducted energy weapon was deployed by a CPS officer during the altercation, but it had limited impact. It is not known why the patient was combative. He was transported to hospital after being sedated.

One paramedic sustained serious injuries in the altercation and was transported to hospital in non life-threatening condition. A second paramedic and a member of CPS received minor injuries during the struggle.

Two members of the public who were involved in the collision were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The roadway is expected to be shut down for several hours and drivers are asked to avoid the area.