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Calgary police shoot suspect in northwest parking garage


One man is in hospital in serious but stable condition after being shot by police during a late-night standoff in a northwest parking garage.

Officers were called to Varsity Estates Circle N.W. at around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday for reports of a man armed with a weapon.

Calgary Police Service officials say the responding members located the man and attempted to deescalate the situation over what police officials called "an extended period of time."

The suspect allegedly refused to comply with the orders of officers and one CPS member shot him.

EMS members attended to the shooting victim and took him to hospital.

Police have not disclosed how many shots were fired or where the bullet or bullets struck the man.

A CPS K-9 handler suffered a cut to his face during the response and was treated on scene.

CTV News has not confirmed what type of weapon the suspect had. A sword was spotted on the ground near the scene of the shooting.

A sword on the ground of a parking garage in Varsity after a Calgary Police Service member shot a suspect during a standoff on Dec. 21.


Calgary officers have not yet said what their de-escalation tactics looked like before the bullet -- or bullets -- struck the man.

CTV News cameras captured shots of pepper spray and non-lethal ARWEN rounds at the crime scene. 

The latter's deployment is not uncommon: from 2019 to 2021, ARWEN-based approaches were used by officers 67 times. 

For comparison, CPS stats tracked 12 "baton impact" incidents and 24 pepper spray discharges over the same time frame. 

Albertans may have to wait for ASIRT's report before knowing what other tactics were used.

Those investigations can sometimes take multiple years to complete. Top Stories

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