Calgary, AB,

Officers pepper sprayed during arrest

Two Calgary Police Service patrol officers were pepper sprayed during the arrest of two individuals allegedly involved in a stolen vehicle incident.

At approximately 2 a.m., on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, patrol officers attempted to stop a vehicle on Penbrooke Drive S.E. The vehicle failed to stop for police and fled. Officers called for further resources and did not pursue the vehicle as it fled. The vehicle was located a short time later abandoned in Fonda Court S.E., where it was confirmed to be stolen.

Officers followed footprints in the snow and were able to safely take a woman into custody.

The male driver continued to flee from police on foot. Officers confronted the man in the area of 36 Street and Memorial Drive E. He pulled an object out and one officer deployed his Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) with negative results. The man then pepper sprayed both officers directly in their faces. One of the officers deployed a CEW for a second time, again with no effect on the man who then pepper sprayed officers a second time.

The suspect fled and the officers followed, fighting through the debilitating effects of the pepper spray. The man then pulled a 12” knife that had been concealed in his pants and turned to face the officers, raising the knife in a threatening manner and telling the officers to shoot him. One of the officers was able to deploy a CEW for the third time, this time temporarily incapacitating the man.

Once the effect of the CEW wore off, the man continued to resist arrest, but was ultimately taken into custody without further injury to the officers involved. The officers were treated by EMS at the scene.

The woman was found to have a baton on her, along with a backpack full of mail from over 50 different people, and small amount of marijuana.

The stolen vehicle was identified as one that had been taken during the overnight hours of March 3 from the community of Mayland Heights, as a result of the keys being left inside the vehicle overnight.

Brittany Anne MANNING, 18, was charged with one count of possession of marijuana. She will next appear in court on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Erik Richard COURONNE, 22, was arrested on 36 outstanding warrants and has been charged in relation to this incident with:

  • Two counts of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon
  • One count of possession of stolen property over $5,000
  • Three counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Two counts of resisting arrest
  • One count of failure to comply with a condition of a recognizance
  • One count of operating a motor vehicle without licence in possession
  • One count of driving an uninsured motor vehicle
  • One count of careless driving

COURONNE will next appear in court today, Thursday, March 9, 2017.

The investigation into the stolen mail continues.