Officer-involved shooting on Memorial Drive
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating after an officer-involved shooting occurred this morning.
At approximately 10:15 a.m., today, Monday, May 29, 2023, we were called for multiple reports of an alleged impaired driver operating a stolen five-ton cube van and driving erratically in a manner that was dangerous to the public throughout northeast Calgary. The incident is believed to have started in in the 0 to 100 block of Manning Close N.E., when a security guard called police regarding three suspicious and impaired individuals on private property. It is believed the individuals fled the scene in the five-ton van, colliding with a building and a barricade in the area as they sped away.
After receiving multiple calls from the public about the erratic driving, police began searching for the van and located it on westbound Memorial Drive. To prevent the van from entering the busy downtown core or neighbouring residential areas, multiple police units were called in to block intersections and bridges along Memorial Drive. The vehicle made a sharp U-turn onto eastbound Memorial Drive at the intersection with Edmonton Trail.
As the vehicle approached St. George’s Drive N.E., officers made attempts to conduct a traffic stop, which were unsuccessful. Despite the vehicle driving at low speeds at that time, the driver continued to swerve across all lanes of traffic and refused to stop. Attempts were made to contain the vehicle. The van was able to break containment and continued moving towards officers, and at approximately 11 a.m., due to the rapidly changing dynamics, one officer, a 13-year member of the CPS, discharged their Service firearm.
Two individuals were pronounced deceased on scene and a third individual was taken into custody.
No officers or uninvolved members of the public were injured during the incident.
No further details are available at this time as ASIRT investigates. Memorial Drive is expected to remain closed through the afternoon rush hour as ASIRT collects evidence from the scene.