Calgary, AB,
25
December
2018
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21:17
America/Denver

Update: Officer-involved shooting on McKnight Boulevard

Just after midnight, officers observed a vehicle being driven erratically near 9 Avenue and Blackfoot Trail. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle for possible impaired driving, however, the driver failed to stop for police.

The driver then drove throughout northwest Calgary, running red lights and travelling at various speeds. Two more traffic stops were attempted at approximately 12:30 a.m., but again the driver did not stop. For safety reasons, the officers disengaged from following the vehicle at 12:40 a.m.

At approximately 2:20 a.m., a citizen called police to report a driver was running red lights and doing U-turns in the community of Falconridge. Police believed the description of the vehicle and driver matched that of the earlier suspected impaired driver. Officers observed the vehicle driving into oncoming traffic on multiple occasions throughout northeast Calgary.

At approximately 2:40 a.m., officers were able to stop the vehicle on McKnight Boulevard near 68 Street N.E., however, the situation quickly escalated and an officer discharged his firearm, striking the driver.

The subject officer is a patrol officer with 10 years of service with the CPS.

The driver, a woman believed to be in her 30s, was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS. The victim’s identity will be confirmed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner during autopsy, expected to take place on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. Next of kin notification has not yet been completed as the identity of the driver has yet to be confirmed.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is currently investigating the incident. Further updates about the investigation will be provided by ASIRT at a later date.

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Original release below.

Officer-involved shooting on McKnight Boulevard

McKnight Boulevard from 68 Avenue to Stoney Trail has been closed following an officer-involved shooting.

Earlier this morning, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, officers attempted to stop a vehicle, but the driver refused to stop. The driver began going the wrong direction on a roadway in northeast Calgary.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., the driver stopped. The incident escalated and one officer discharged their service firearm.

EMS was called, and the driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

No officers were injured during the incident.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been called to investigate. The area where the incident occurred, McKnight between Stoney and 68 Avenue, is expected to be closed for some time.

No further information is available at this time.