Review begun into death of suspect in ‘targeted’ Calgary hit-and-run collision
CALGARY — Police say a suspected hit-and-run driver, who went into medical distress after being Tasered and later died, knew the man who was mowed down at a Calgary intersection.
“This is technically a hit and run, but we believe because these individuals knew one another that this was a targeted incident,” deputy police chief Ryan Ayliffe said at a news conference Wednesday.
The death is being investigated by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team which looks into deaths or injuries involving police.
“The nature of that relationship currently forms part of the ASIRT investigation,” Ayliffe said.
Police were called by a witness early Wednesday to the city’s northeast, where a pedestrian had been hit by a vehicle and suffered life-threatening injuries. Officers provided life-saving measures to the man in his 40s, who was transported to hospital.
The suspect vehicle was found soon after and officers tried to arrest the male driver. Officers said there was a struggle and the driver, who was known to police, appeared to have a medical problem.
“The driver refused commands to exit the vehicle and a struggle ensued. Tasers were deployed,” Ayliffe said.
“The driver was removed from the vehicle and officers transitioned to emergency medical intervention. EMS transported the driver, a man in his late 40s, to hospital where he was declared deceased.”
The man’s cause of death isn’t known. It could take weeks or month before that is confirmed.
Ayliffe offered words of support to the six officers involved.
“They are on our streets day and night … (and) face complex, dynamic situations in which high stakes decisions must be made in split seconds,” he said.
The officers are being placed on a 30-day administrative leave.
“That is strictly to look after their health and wellness. It allows us to make sure we avail every resource possible to them and their families so they feel as though they’re in a good position to resume duties or explore further treatment.”
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The Canadian Press