Investigation into CPS officer-involved use of force causing injury continues

Calgary, Alberta – On Aug. 2, at approximately 3:56 a.m., the Calgary Police Service was called to a report of a break-in and structure fire at the Calgary Municipal Building. When officers attended, they found parts of the building on fire and located an adult male in possession of a long-edged weapon.

After verbal efforts to disarm the male proved unsuccessful, an interaction occurred during which several officers discharged non-lethal weapons. The male was apprehended shortly after with the use of the Calgary Police K-9 Unit. Emergency Medical Services attended to provide assistance, and transported the suspect to a Calgary-area hospital for treatment. The male sustained significant injury during his arrest.

In addition to the large, edged weapon recovered from the scene, police also recovered accelerants believed to have been used to set the fires.

Large, edged weapon located on scene
Large, edged weapon located on scene

ASIRT’s investigation will examine the circumstances surrounding the use of force. No additional information will be released.

ASIRT continues to attempt to identify those who may have witnessed aspects of the arrest as well as events leading up to it. As such, ASIRT asks that anyone who may have been in the area and may have witnessed these events and/or may have video to please contact ASIRT investigators at 403-592-4306.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently and objectively investigate 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.

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