The province’s police watchdog, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), is looking into the two police involved shootings in Calgary on Saturday.
The first took place when a suspect tried to flee in his vehicle near a truck stop.
An officer shot at him but didn’t hit anything, and later used his taser to subdue him when he eventually stopped.
The second involved a man carrying a machete in the Sears at the Marlborough Mall.
The man attacked a police officer causing serious injuries, which prompted the officer to shoot the man.
They were both taken to hospital where they now remain in stable condition.
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ASIRT executive director Susan Hughson says they’re now determining if the use of possible lethal force was necessary.
“The investigation should not be interpreted as a suggestion that there are concerns about how the officer conducted himself,” says Hughson. “We do have some video, and we’re going to make sure we have all of it.”
Hughson says she can’t recall when two officer-related firings happened in the same day, let alone in the same hour.
“This is the first time I’ve seen it,” explains Hughson. “I can’t talk about ASIRT’s history before me. But I can tell you it hasn’t happened in the last two and a half years.”
Hughson adds that since the incidents occurred within an hour of each other some help was needed from Edmonton. (km/Newstalk770)