Alberta briefs – July 23

There will be no criminal charges against an Edmonton police officer who shot a knife-wielding man twice outside a shopping mall last summer.

No criminal charges against officer in shooting of man with knife

EDMONTON — There will be no criminal charges against an Edmonton police officer who shot a knife-wielding man twice outside a shopping mall last summer.

Percy Davis was 26 when police shot him in the lower abdomen and neck. He survived, but reportedly lost the use of a lung and an arm.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team investigated the shooting and released its results Wednesday.

The investigation found that Davis approached police with a large butcher knife and he failed to drop the weapon when told to do so. The officer, who was not armed with a Taser, unsuccessfully used pepper spray on the man, then opened fire.

“The actions of the police officer were justified in all the circumstances,” said Clifton Purvis, the executive director of the team.

Purvis said the investigation took 11 months and the decision not to press charges was made after a review by the Justice Department.

A total of 39 bystanders were interviewed, along with numerous police officers and seven professional witnesses.

“We obtained very good co-operation from the witnesses and when you review all their recollections of what they believed they viewed, you can have a very good picture of what happened.”

Davis has been charged with assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon. A preliminary inquiry has been set for March 2010. A civil suit is also pending on this case.


Charges laid in Canada Day death

EDMONTON — Police have laid charges in the death of a man at a bus stop in downtown Edmonton on Canada Day.

A 42-year-old male was assaulted while he was standing in a large crowd of people waiting to board a bus after Canada Day celebrations.

Police say an argument broke out between two males, and one ended up being stabbed.

Augustine Darren Poitras, 42, is charged with second- degree murder and possession of a weapon.

Detectives say tips from the public led to the arrest.


Three killed in a three-vehicle crash

LEDUC — Two residents of British Columbia and an Albertan have been killed in a three-vehicle crash near Edmonton.

RCMP have identified the victims as Ian McGillivary, 60, Rita McGillivary, 53, both of Surrey, and Maria Zetzen, 77, of Camrose.

The accident happened early Tuesday evening on Highway 2A, just south of Leduc.

Police say the three victims were in a car that collided with a welding truck that swerved onto the shoulder before veering sharply back onto the road and into the oncoming lane.

The truck driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries while the driver of the third vehicle was not hurt.

No charges have been laid but police have said alcohol is believed to be a factor.


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