Sentencing delayed for man shot by police

Additional psychological background work to be done before sentencing

A judge will wait for more psychological information before sentencing a man who was shot by police during an incident in Red Deer last year.

Jesse Dyvig, 28, pleaded guilty last August to assaulting a police officer with a weapon and dangerous use of a weapon.

The charges were in connection with a May 1 incident that began when an RCMP dispatcher received a 911 call from a man stating that he intended to commit suicide.

The caller said he had a loaded revolver in his hand and that he would open fire if anyone knocked on the door of his apartment, located in downtown Red Deer.

Mounties arrived at the building to find a man in the second-floor hallway with a pistol in his right hand, which he pointed at police.

One of the officers fired twice and shouted at him to drop the weapon. When Dyvig did not comply, the officer fired a third shot, hitting the man in the left arm and shoulder.

The cocked pistol landed on the floor. It was later discovered to be a pellet gun.

Duty counsel Murray Shack said in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday Dyvig, who suffers from anxiety, is meeting with a psychologist next month and there may be follow-up sessions.

Judge James Glass agreed to put off sentencing until May 4.

“We’re all trying to do the right thing,” he said.

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