Alberta’s police watchdog will be investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting just outside of Calgary on Tuesday.
It happened on Blueridge Rise N.W. just west of 12 Mile Coulee Road at around 2 a.m.
Officers in the community of Huntington Hills had spotted a stolen truck which they began tracking with the help of the HAWCS helicopter. Police followed the vehicle to Blueridge Rise where it parked near a second truck.
Police are still in the process of determining the chain of events that happened next, but said Tuesday the driver of the stolen truck entered the second truck.
“Officers then moved in to contain both vehicles,” Superintendent James Hardy said during a Tuesday news conference.
At that point, the driver of the second vehicle surrendered, while the driver of the first vehicle used the second truck to get away.
“This is still being clarified – so either he’s in the truck and he slides over, or he’s outside the truck but he gets into the driver’s seat.”
Hardy said the driver then “maneuvered the vehicle in proximity to the officers.”
“The officers felt threatened.”
RAW: Superintendent James Hardy speaks to media about an officer-involved shooting on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016
According to police, one officer fired at least one round from his service pistol, hitting the vehicle.
The suspect managed to speed off. The second truck was later located in Cochrane, Alta., where police took the driver into custody.
No one was injured in the shooting.
Police said charges are pending against the man apprehended in Cochrane, who was known to police. It’s unknown if the two men knew each other.
Police weren’t able to comment on whether weapons were found in either vehicle.
The officer who fired the round had been with the service for over three years, according to Hardy.
This incident is the third officer-involved shooting involving Calgary police in the past month.
Surveillance video from both the HAWCS helicopter and police cruiser footage will be reviewed as part of the investigation.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) will be reviewing the actions of the officers involved.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or contact Crime Stoppers.