A 28-year-old Calgary man at the centre of a suspected domestic conflict is facing 13 charges after driving his truck through a garage, smashing windows with a crowbar and assaulting police officers and emergency crews, police said Tuesday.
Police were called to a home in the northern portion of McKenzie Towne at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday after a truck drove through the home’s detached garage. Police said the driver then smashed windows, destroyed appliances and made holes in the wall with a crowbar. Luckily, people inside the home were able to escape uninjured.
Investigators believe the incident was a domestic conflict, as one of the people in the home was previously in a relationship with the suspect, Brian Joseph Russell.
Shortly after the attack on the home, police tried to stop the suspect, who was driving the truck near Deerfoot Trail and Barlow Trail S.E. The driver then rammed the police car before driving away.
Police later followed the truck to a home in the 1000 block of Berkley Drive N.W., where the suspect allegedly assaulted three police officers and a member of EMS during his arrest. A hunting knife believed to belong to the suspect was also found at the scene.
Russell has been charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer, one count of assaulting a peace officer with weapon, one count of assault, one count of possession of a weapon, two counts of break and enter, two counts of hit and run, one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, one count of mischief causing danger to life, one count of theft under $5,000 and one count of possession of break-in instruments.
He is set to appear in court later today.
Police urge anyone experiencing violence or abuse in an intimate relationship to contact agencies such as Connect Family & Sexual Abuse Network at 403-237-5888 (toll free: 1-877-237-5888), the 24-hour Family Violence Helpline at 403-234-SAFE (7233), or 211.
Victims of domestic violence can also contact the Calgary Police Service at its non-emergency line, 403-266-1234, or 911 if in immediate danger.
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