Calgary, AB,
14
July
2018
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17:01
America/Denver

Three charged in events leading up to officer-involved shooting – Auburn Bay

The following individuals have been charged in relation to events that led up to an officer- involved shooting on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

Darby Jackson BENEDICT, 22, is charged with:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
  • Three counts of failure to comply with condition of a recognizance
  • Failure to wear a seatbelt

Cole Stuart MCLEAN, 30*, is charged with:

  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Driving while disqualified
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
  • Failure to comply or breach of probation order
  • Drive uninsured motor vehicle on highway
  • Unlawfully in a dwelling
  • Failure to wear a seatbelt
  • Urinate or defecate in public

BENEDICT and MCLEAN will next appear in court on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Brady Andrew GILLINGHAM, 33, is charged with:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Assaulting a peace officer with a weapon
  • Dangerous operation of motor vehicle while being pursued by a peace officer
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Three counts of failure to comply with condition of a recognizance
  • Two counts of failure to comply with condition of undertaking to a peace officer/officer in charge

GILLINGHAM will next appear in court on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

There will be no further comment on this from CPS. The investigation remains with ASIRT.

*Please note – the age of MCLEAN was incorrect in previous information.

Details shared earlier:

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been called in after a shooting last night. This investigation remains under the purview of ASIRT however; last night Calgary Police Service officers faced a situation that required the use of force. Incidents of stolen vehicles and the Service’s response to them require an extensive use of resources, and a dynamic situation in which public safety and the safety of our officers is always of primary concern.

At approximately 6 p.m., on Thursday, July 12, 2018, a stolen vehicle was observed in the community of Ogden by the Auto Theft Resource Team. The vehicle, a Dodge Ram, and its two occupants, a 30-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, were confirmed to be involved in a series of car prowlings the day before, in which a firearm was believed to be involved. As a result of the likelihood of a weapon involved, the Auto Theft Resource Team contacted the Tactical Unit and also engaged HAWCS surveillance.

Surveillance on the vehicle continued for approximately four and a half hours, with the Dodge Ram eventually going to a residence in the Auburn Bay area. The residence had a number of people gathered in the garage and Tactical members made the decision that it was not safe to affect an arrest at the time.

Tactical members set up a spike belt a short distance away from the residence. At approximately 10:30 p.m., the two occupants of the Dodge Ram left the residence and drove over the spike belt, which punctured the front passenger tire. They continued to drive on the flattened tire for a short while before coming to a stop in the 0-100 block of Autumn View S.E.

A stolen Toyota Highlander that was also at the Auburn Bay residence, driven by a 33-year-old man arrived at the location of the Dodge Ram and the two occupants exited their vehicle and made their way into the Highlander. Two tactical vehicles attempted to stop the Highlander from leaving the scene when a confrontation occurred, at which time a Tactical Unit member discharged his service firearm.

The vehicle left the scene after the shots were fired, coming to a stop in the 0-100 block of Autumn Terrace S.E. The driver of the Highlander was taken into custody at the scene and transported to hospital in stable condition. The two passengers fled the scene but were apprehended a short while later.

Charges are pending against all three suspects.

Although our members are incredibly well trained, their response to stolen vehicles requires them to face dynamic situations and offenders who are persistent in their pursuit of criminal activities. We are incredibly proud of the work they do each day. Our officers have the full support of Executive and we are always focused on ensuring they have the right training and support in the execution of their duties.

Thankfully no officers or members of the public were injured as a result of the incident. The subject officer, a 22-year-member of CPS, is now on a 30-day administrative leave.