ASIRT concludes St. Paul shooter killed himself, clears police of wrongdoing
Watch above: The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has released findings of the St. Paul shooting investigation, saying the suspect killed himself. Fletcher Kent reports.
EDMONTON – A St. Paul man suspected of killing a priest took his own life during a shootout with police, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team concluded.
ASIRT says its investigation found that police did nothing wrong and no criminal charges are warranted in the death of John Quadros, 55.
On May 9 at about 6 p.m., St. Paul RCMP officers heard gunshots outside the detachment and saw a truck flee the parking lot.
Officers followed the truck to downtown St. Paul where it rammed a parked police vehicle.
ASIRT says Quadros fired several shot towards another police vehicle.
An officer in a third vehicle fired eight rounds toward the truck. The officer ordered Quadros to get out, but he did not move. The officer approached and discovered the man was dead.
At a news conference Friday, ASIRT director Clifton Purvis said Quadros was armed with a number of weapons.
“The investigation recovered several firearms from inside the cab of the black truck. Recovered was a high-powered rifle, two shotguns, a small-calibre pistol and numerous rounds of ammunition to fit all of those weapons.”
Purvis added the agency will not investigate further because its mandate only includes incidents which result in police killing or seriously injuring someone.
Three Mounties were injured in the pursuit and subsequent shootout. They’re all expected to recover.
Father Gilbert Dasna, 32, was fatally shot at the St. Paul Cathedral Rectory.
Police have said Quadros is the lone suspect in Father Dasna’s death.
A funeral was held for the priest in the northern Alberta town earlier this week.
Father Dasna was born in Cameroon, and was ordained to the priesthood in neighbouring Nigeria in 2009.
He moved to Canada three years ago.
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