ASIRT clears Medicine Hat police in shooting incident
Independent investigator says probe has cleared officers who wounded suspect
No charges will be laid against members of the Medicine Hat police in connection with the shooting of a suspect last fall, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has concluded.
On Sept. 23, 2013 at approximately 9:15 p.m. MT, Medicine Hat police officers responded to a 911 gun call from a residence. Police officers arrived and surrounded the home, ASIRT said Tuesday in a news release.
A man exited the residence when an altercation occurred, ASIRT said, resulting in shots fired by three Medicine Hat officers. The man immediately received medical attention and was transported to hospital.
Following a thorough investigation, Clifton Purvis, ASIRT’s executive director, reviewed the completed file and determined the actions of the three police officers were justified.
The wounded suspect has been charged and the matter is currently before the courts, the news release said, adding no further details were available at this time.