Lethbridge Police update on external investigation into ‘Storm Trooper’ incident

Lethbridge, Alberta – The Lethbridge Police Service has received the findings of an external, criminal investigation into the ‘Storm Trooper’ incident.

The investigation by Medicine Hat Police Service, which included a review by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) and the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service, has determined that criminal charges are not warranted.

A professional misconduct investigation will now proceed under the Police Act and Police Service Regulation. As the matter is still under investigation, the Lethbridge Police Service will offer no further comments at this time.

On May 4, 2020, Lethbridge Police responded to two 911 calls reporting a person in a Storm Trooper costume carrying a firearm along the 500 block of 13 Street North. The weapon was ultimately confirmed to be a fake firearm and the female subject, who indicated she was an employee promoting a local business, was not charged. The female sustained a minor injury

Lethbridge Police Service

BACKGROUND

Lethbridge, Alberta – In response to a number of media inquiries regarding the process involved in a service investigation directed into the actions of several officers who responded to a firearms complaint on May 4, the matter has been assigned to an external agency.

On May 4, 2020 at approximately 11 a.m. police responded to two 911 calls reporting a person in a Storm Trooper costume carrying a firearm along the 500 block of 13 Street North. The weapon was ultimately confirmed to be a fake firearm and the female subject, who indicated she was an employee promoting a local business, was not charged. The female sustained a minor injury but did not require medical attention.

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During the morning of May 5, 2020 after reviewing the file and additional information, including video circulating on social media, Chief Scott Woods notified the Alberta Director of Law Enforcement. The DLE further reviewed the matter and determined it was out of scope and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) – an independent provincial investigation agency – would not assume the investigation. Chief Woods subsequently directed a service investigation, to be conducted by an external agency. He contacted the Medicine Hat Police Service on Tuesday (May 5) who have since assumed carriage of the file and initiated their investigation.

LPS is committed to ensuring transparency in this matter and once the independent investigation has been completed and reviewed, a public update will be provided.

No further comment will be made at this time as the investigation is not within the jurisdiction of the Lethbridge Police Service.

BACKGROUND

Female Dressed as Storm Trooper, Carrying a Fake Firearm, Draws Attention of Lethbridge Police

Medicine Hat Police Service

BACKGROUND

Lethbridge, Alberta – The Lethbridge Police Service has initiated a service investigation into the actions of several officers who responded to a report of a firearms complaint Monday morning.

On May 4, 2020 at approximately 11 a.m. police responded to two 911 calls reporting a person in a Storm Trooper costume carrying a firearm along the 500 block of 13 Street North. Upon police arrival the subject dropped the weapon but did not initially comply with further police directions to get down on the ground. The weapon was ultimately confirmed to be a fake firearm and the female subject, who indicated she was an employee promoting a local business, was not charged. The female sustained a minor injury but did not require medical attention.

Storm Trooper
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Upon reviewing the file and additional information, including video circulating on social media, Chief Scott Woods has directed a service investigation under the Alberta Police Act that will look into whether the officers’ acted appropriately within the scope of their training and LPS policies and procedures.

As the matter is now under investigation, police will not conduct interviews or comment further in order to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

In response to a number of public comments and inquiries being received, police advise the community that regrettably we do not have the capacity to respond to every individual call and message.

A public update will be provided after the investigation has been completed and reviewed.

Lethbridge Police Service

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