Suspect charged after ransacking residence & assaulting officers
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 2:13PM MST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 5, 2016 7:35PM MST
A 28-year-old Calgary man is facing 13 criminal charges after a residence in McKenzie Towne was viciously vandalized on the weekend and several officers were assaulted while making an arrest.
Police were called to a house in the northern part of the southeast community at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday after a truck smashed through the door and rear wall of the home’s detached garage.
Investigators believe the offender then got out of the vehicle with a crowbar and used it to smash windows and destroy appliances and walls, leaving the home heavily damaged.
The occupants of the home were able to get out and were not injured in the incident.
Soon after, police picked up the truck’s trail somewhere between Deerfoot and Barlow trails and tried to make a traffic stop.
The truck rammed a police cruiser while fleeing the scene and was later located at a gas station at the intersection of 64 Avenue and Centre Street N.
The vehicle was followed to a residence in the 1000 block of Berkley Drive N.W. and K9 and patrol officers arrested the suspect.
Police say three officers and an EMS member were assaulted during the arrest and that a hunting knife, believed to belong to the suspect, was recovered from the scene.
The incident is believed to have started with a domestic conflict and police say one of the occupants in the smashed up home had previously been in a relationship with the suspect.
Brian Joseph Russell, 28, of Calgary, is charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer, one count of assaulting a peace officer with weapon, one count of assault, one count of possession of a weapon, two counts of break and enter, two counts of hit and run, one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, one count of mischief causing danger to life, one count of theft under $5,000 and one count of possession of break-in instruments.
He is expected to appear in court on the charges on Tuesday.
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