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Airdrie and Calgary police being investigated by ASIRT following officer involved shooting

Airdrie RCMP officers are being investigated alongside other police agencies by ASIRT for an officer involved shooting at a traffic stop.
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Airdrie RCMP officers are being investigated alongside other police agencies by ASIRT for an officer involved shooting at a traffic stop.

According to the media release on Saturday, the incident began on June 21 at 11:40 p.m., say police, when Alberta RCMP were notified by Calgary Police Service (CPS) of a suspect that had previously fled from police and was being covertly followed by HAWCS helicopter.

Officers under the auspices of the Alberta RCMP Real Time Operations Centre (RTOC), which involved  Calgary police as well as RCMP from Airdrie, Didsbury, Olds and Sundre, set up a covert tire deflation device and were successful in disabling the vehicle on the QE II Highway near Highway 581.

A traffic stop was conducted and there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and police resulting in no injuries to police or the suspect. Police were able to disengage from the suspect and set up containment. RCMP made verbal contact with the suspect and successfully de-escalated the incident. The suspect surrendered to police.

There were no injuries suffered to members of the public, officers or the suspect during this incident. 

The incident began on June 21 at 11:40 p.m., say police, when Alberta RCMP were notified by Calgary Police Service (CPS) of a suspect that had previously fled from police and was being covertly followed by HAWCS helicopter.

In a statement released to the media the RCMP were grateful the incident ended without harm on either side.

"The Alberta RCMP are thankful for the eventual outcome of this incident, demonstrating effective police intervention in high risk situations for which officers are highly trained. This was also an excellent example of cooperation between multiple units of two police services. Despite this, events like this are difficult for the communities in which they occur, as well as the general public and officers involved. Police recognize the trust placed in them to use force that is necessary, proportional and reasonable and in so doing remain fully accountable."

ASIRT now take over the investigation into the incident.


Airdrie City View Staff

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