Alberta briefs – October 5

Calgary police are apologizing for raiding the wrong house on Sept. 23, an incident which traumatized the homeowners and neighbours.

Police raid wrong home after prank 911 call

CALGARY — Calgary police are apologizing for raiding the wrong house on Sept. 23, an incident which traumatized the homeowners and neighbours.

Officers entered the wrong residence in the city’s northeast after receiving two 911 calls from a cell phone claiming a man was shot and threatening police.

Zlalem Mashesha and his wife were cuffed while the scene was secured, but police now admit the couple are innocent.

Police say the 911 call centre had the right cell phone number, but an outside database was used to find the address.

Insp. Ray Robitaille says it turns out it was a prank phone call that has ended up victimizing innocent people.

However, police insist public safety was their top priority and guidelines were followed.

Two investigations are now underway.


Several hurt when two police vehicles collide

CALGARY — Several people were taken to hospital after a crash involving two police vehicles in Calgary.

Police say the injuries were minor.

They say an unmarked police unit and a marked SUV were on their way to the same emergency call from different directions and collided at an intersection.

The impact sent the two units careening into two other vehicles.

Three officers and two civilians were slightly hurt. The crash is under investigation.

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