Calgary man shot by police during confrontation, in serious condition

Sep 22 2017, 1:09 am

A man was shot on Wednesday evening after a confrontation with police ended in the use of firearms, according to a release from the Calgary Police Service.

At roughly 4:15 pm, police were responding to a domestic-related call in NE Calgary when they found that the suspect had left the scene.

He was then tracked to the 500 block of Markerville Road NE by officers, where he was found inside a detached garage. Officers were informed that the man may be armed.

“Officers contained the scene and attempted verbal communications with the man for approximately an hour and a half, in an effort to have him surrender peacefully,” said Acting Chief Ray Robitaille in a statement on Thursday.

“Text messages and conversations with friends and family had indicated he was in distress.”

At approximately 8 pm, the man left the garage to confront the officers with weapons in his hands.

“The situation escalated and during the confrontation a taser was deployed as well as Service firearms,” said Robitaille.

An investigation is ongoing, with three Calgary Police Service officers as the focus; Robitaille said that those officers have the Service’s full support.

“They, along with other CPS officers, responded to this call in a timely manner, taking all the necessary steps to ensure public safety and the safety of our officers was not compromised,” he said.

“Their patience and due diligence was exceptional. Significant attempts were made to peacefully resolve the situation, but their duty to protect both the community and their fellow officers, led to actions that stopped the threat.”

The suspect, who is previously known to police, is currently in the hospital in serious condition.

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