Updated: Oct. 21 1:53 p.m.
Calgary Police Service charged a man and woman involved in a stolen-vehicle incident that led to an officer-involved shooting on the weekend.
Bogdan Ferdinand DIORDIEV, 21, of Calgary, faces seven charges related to the incident, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, flight from a police officer, possession of stolen property and driving an uninsured motor vehicle. He will next appear in court on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.
Alanna Mae STEEVES, 28, of Calgary, is charged with possession of drugs. She will next appear in court on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.
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CALGARY – ASIRT says a woman, 28, was shot in her left thigh and a man, 22, was shot in the left forearm as they tried fleeing from police.
Calgary Police shot at a vehicle they say tried to dodge barriers blocking off a street and seemed to be heading for the military parade Oct. 19.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was called in to investigate.
Today ASIRT said the officer who had attempted to intercept the vehicle, and two other additional officers, approached the vehicle and began to issue commands to the driver.
The driver failed to comply and first backed up, then drove forward, westbound, on the sidewalk in the direction of where two CPS members were standing. As he did so, an officer fired three shots from his service pistol.
On the same date, as a result of a scheduled military parade in downtown Calgary, several downtown roadways were barricaded and there was a significant police presence.
The parade was proceeding westbound on 8 Avenue SW when, at about 2:49 p.m., a 21-year-old man, driving a black 2008 Toyota Corolla and travelling northbound on 6 Street SW, attempted to turn eastbound onto 8 Avenue SW, past barricades. A 28-year-old woman was seated in the front passenger seat.
A Calgary Police Service (CPS) mountain bike patrol officer intercepted them and tried to direct the vehicle away from 8 Avenue, but the vehicle drove around the officer, turned the corner and then abruptly stopped in the presence of additional police officers and in the path of the oncoming parade.
The vehicle immediately backed up in what was perceived as an attempt to turn around, travelling northbound across the roadway, through the cycling lane and onto the sidewalk, striking a building on 8 Avenue.
The officer who attempted to intercept the vehicle, and two other additional officers, approached the vehicle and began to issue commands to the driver. The driver failed to comply and first backed up, then drove forward, westbound, on the sidewalk in the direction of where two CPS members were standing. As he did so, an officer fired three shots from his service pistol.
The vehicle turned the corner back onto 6 Street and proceeded northbound until it collided with a smaller commercial Dodge panel van that was traveling westbound on 6 Avenue SW.
Immediately following the collision, both the driver and female passenger attempted to flee the scene on foot but were quickly arrested. The 2008 Toyota Corolla was subsequently determined to have been a stolen vehicle with a stolen licence plate.
The driver of the panel van was not injured in the collision.
The female passenger in the Corolla appeared to have a single gunshot wound to her left thigh and the male driver appeared to have a bullet wound to the left forearm. Both were treated by Emergency Medical Services and transported to hospital, with none of the injuries considered life-threatening. While the driver remains in hospital, the female passenger was treated and later released.
ASIRT investigators are asking anyone who witnessed any portion of these events or who may have audio or video recorded the incident to contact ASIRT at 403-592-4306.
CPS maintains responsibility for the investigation and any charges related to the conduct of the driver and passenger of the stolen vehicle. ASIRT’s investigation will focus on an assessment of the lawfulness of the use of force by police during the officer-involved shooting.
With ASIRT’s investigation underway, no further information will be released at this time.
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.
On Twitter the Canadian Armed Forces confirmed that no army personnel were injured.
In addition, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan said he is monitoring the situation.
Today was a long & scary day for us in District 1. I’m happy & relieved that no officers, & most importantly no members of the public or @CanadianForces were hurt. Thank you to everyone for your patience with the many road closures. As always your safety is #1. Good night #YYC. pic.twitter.com/nXjm9u7zAu— Constable Chris Martin (@CstCJMartin) October 20, 2019
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