RCMP believe priest was fatally shot by suspect killed in St. Paul
EDMONTON – Results from medical examiners have determined that one of the men killed in St. Paul on Friday, Father Gilbert Dasna, died from gunshot wounds.
Alberta RCMP Major Crimes investigators also believe that John Carlos Quadros, the suspect killed during an officer-involved shoot-out, is responsible for the priest’s death.
RCMP previously confirmed the St. Paul Catholic priest died in the town Friday evening, but hadn’t said if his death was connected to the shoot-out.
Three Alberta Mounties were injured in the confrontation.
Chief Supt. Randy McGinnis said the incident started when officers heard gunshots coming from outside the St. Paul RCMP detachment around supper time.
They went outside and saw a black pickup truck leaving the parking lot, so started to pursue the vehicle. Officers say the truck was allegedly speeding down 50 Ave., and purposely rammed a police vehicle.
The black pickup ended up colliding with an RCMP truck, pinning a female officer inside the vehicle.
The driver of the black pickup truck then allegedly opened fire at the officers.
“The driver of the black dodge pickup truck then engaged – took a firearm and began to fire at the second and third members that were on the scene. Our members returned fire,” McGinnis explained.
Father Dasna’s death is still under investigation, pending firearms and forensic examination.
Quadros’ death is being investigated by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), which handles all officer-involved incidents.
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