Calgary police shut down multiple roads in the city’s downtown core Tuesday night following a series of events that ended in an officer-involved shooting.
Police were initially called to Dermot Baldwin Way and 4 Avenue S.E. at around 4:30 p.m. for a hit-and-run involving a cyclist and black SUV, which police believe may have been stolen. While police described the victim as a cyclist, EMS said reports indicate the man, believed to be in his 40s, was walking the bike at the time he was hit.
Officers believe the SUV intentionally struck the man with the bike, then left the scene. The driver later returned, at which time it’s alleged he intentionally drove his SUV directly at police. One officer dove out of the way, narrowly avoiding being struck by the vehicle. A police van was hit and significantly damaged.
As this was happening, an officer discharged his firearm at the suspect. The vehicle eventually came to a stop on Riverfront Avenue S.E.
A male suspect was taken to hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. A second suspect, a woman, was also arrested. Police said in a media conference Tuesday night they were still searching for a third suspect.
The man with the bike was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. EMS said Wednesday he had an injury to his right leg that would likely need additional medical care, but he remained in stable condition.
WATCH BELOW: Calgary police address the media Tuesday night to update the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
Police said Tuesday night’s events followed a “series of violent incidents” that occurred throughout the day, including attempted car thefts and dangerous driving. These incidents involved a number of suspects and vehicles. At this point it’s not known if the incidents are linked.
The Langevin bridge near the Drop-In Centre was closed off Tuesday evening, and multiple police cars were responding to Riverfront Avenue.
“There was an incident near our shelter. Our clients were not involved, but they are scared. We’ve locked our gates to ensure their safety and are cooperating with police,” said Jordan Hamilton, spokesperson for the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society.
EMS said the scene extended west from the Drop In Centre along Riverfront Avenue.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating the incident.
Police said no officers were hurt.