Man killed by police in Huntington Hills identified
CALGARY – Global News has confirmed that the man who was shot and killed in a police-involved shooting in Huntington Hills Sunday night was 53-year-old David William McQueen.
McQueen was a quadriplegic with limited use of his arms and hands, who relied on the use of a wheelchair. McQueen had been injured in a diving accident at Sikome Lake in 1994.
Sources told Global News that the single father was originally from Windsor, Ontario and lived in Calgary with his two sons. According to McQueen’s Facebook page, he had recently lost his service dog to cancer.
The Facebook page also reveals a number of posts expressing anger and frustration at the Alberta government and organizations like Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped.
McQueen was the man suspected of firing shots in the 1000 block of 78 Avenue N.W. Sunday night. The incident forced residents to take cover for hours until the situation could be resolved.
Over the course of the incident, shots were fired into the window of a bus and investigators said they observed shots “fired indiscriminately from a residence,” according to a police news release. Some of the bullets hit nearby houses.
“We made attempts to engage the person inside but were unable to really make contact with him,” said Calgary Police Service Chief Roger Chaffin.
It isn’t yet known why the original shots were fired.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is now investigating the officer-involved shooting.
In a release issued Monday afternoon, ASIRT said as police were containing the area round the residence, a man in a wheelchair came out the back door with a handgun and engaged in a direct confrontation with officers.
He was subsequently shot and died at the scene.
Investigators said they have been called to the shooter’s residence in the past but wouldn’t disclose why.
Police said their experience with the gunman had largely been non-criminal in nature.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police or contact Crime Stoppers.
WATCH: Police Chief Roger Chaffin holds a news conference on Monday to discuss a fatal standoff in the community of Huntington Hills the night before