June 19, 2019 2:01 pm
Updated: June 21, 2019 7:26 pm

ASIRT investigates after woman falls from balcony, dies during attempted arrest in Calgary

WATCH: The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating after a woman fell from a fifth-floor balcony in Calgary while officers were trying to arrest her. Christa Dao reports.

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The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating after a woman died following a Calgary “police interaction” on Wednesday.

Police said they were on a “high-risk” drug and firearms warrant to search a fifth-floor Eau Claire apartment in the 200 block of 1 Street S.E. after 12:30 a.m.

Officers arrested a 19-year-old man in relation to a shooting investigation and outstanding warrants, according to police.

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The woman, who police called a person of interest in the investigation, was still inside the suite.

“Officers surrounded the residence and attempted to encourage the woman to surrender voluntarily,” police said in a news release.

The woman went over the balcony and was found critically injured on the ground, police said.

Officers said they did not have any physical interaction with the woman.

EMS and police said they performed first aid. The woman was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition and later died, police said.

A woman died early Wednesday morning as Calgary police attempted to arrest her in the Eau Claire area.

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According to ASIRT, investigators had reason to believe firearms might be in the home.

ASIRT said all indicators point to the 31-year-old woman having been on the balcony alone the whole time before being found on the ground.

Witness account

Cameron Moshuk said the commotion was loud enough to wake him up.

“There was a loud bang in the middle of the night,” he said.

“We’re on the fourth floor, I look down and there’s like six SWAT team [members] on the ground with a lady laying on her back… They were giving her chest compressions shortly after, and then the rest of the police arrived, and then the ambulance and the fire truck. It was crazy.”

ASIRT and police

ASIRT investigates incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

The ASIRT investigation will focus on what led up to the woman’s death.

At this time, the officers involved are considered witnesses and will remain on active duty, police said.

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