Calgary, AB,

Officer-involved shooting update

The Calgary Police Service is currently investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred early this morning, however, no injured person has been identified.

At approximately 5:45 a.m., today, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, a District 5 officer was dispatched to a disturbance call in the 0-100 block of Castleridge Crescent N.E. The initial call for help came from someone inside the home who said two men were at the address threatening to shoot one of the residents.

The offenders left the home before police arrived, however, officers were told they left the area in a red Pontiac and to be on the lookout. Roughly 15 minutes later, an officer came upon a red Pontiac with two occupants and began following it. The officer was waiting for backup before conducting a traffic stop, when the driver suddenly slammed on the brakes and partially pulled into a driveway along Fallingworth Court N.E. The two occupants immediately jumped out of the vehicle, with one of the men holding what the officer believed to be a handgun.

The officer drew his weapon and fired at the suspect. Both suspects ran from the area and have yet to be located. It’s unknown if either of the men was struck. Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance should they come across any evidence indicating an injury occurred.

Immediately following the shooting, CPS flooded the area and began searching for the suspects. Approximately 30 minutes later, and roughly three blocks from the scene, CPS was called by a member of the public who reported their white Ford Escape with Alberta plate BNH9728, with Johnson Controls across the side, stolen from the driveway in the 0-100 block of Falchurch Crescent N.E. It’s unknown if the two suspects are responsible for the theft, but investigators believe it is a possibility and are now searching for the vehicle.

Officers have two persons of interest in this case and at this point in the investigation do not believe the incident is connected to the ongoing gun violence seen in the area over the past several months. It is believed, however, that the persons of interest and the resident of the home where the 9-1-1 call originated are associated.

The first suspect is an East Indian man, possibly in his late 20s, 5’8” tall, wearing baggy jeans and a blue and brown jacket. The second suspect is an East Indian man, in his early 30s, 5’8” tall, with a slim build and possibly wearing all black clothing.

The CPS member involved in the shooting has five years’ experience.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been advised of this incident, however, the investigation remains with the Service’s Homicide Unit and Professional Standards Section as is protocol.