Lloydminster cop cleared in weapon incident

By Lloydminster Source staff

January 21, 2016 10:59 AM

Suspect attempted to run down officer

A Lloydminster Mountie has been cleared of any wrong doing in an incident where his service revolver was fired.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) investigated the circumstances surrounding a Jan. 27, 2015 incident when an officer responding to a 911 call of a B & E came across two people loading booze into a truck —  that turned out to be stolen — at 3 a.m.
When the alleged crooks saw the police, they fled, which caused the officer to give chase.
The officer hit his emergency lights, but the truck aimed head-on towards the police vehicle.
The officer swerved to avoid a collision.  The truck was then pursued through the city.
Another officer was in a position to intercept the truck and he placed a spike belt on the road.
The driver of the truck turned to avoid the tire-flattening belt. The quick-thinking officer grabbed the spike belt and repositioned it where the truck would emerge.
As it approached the repositioned spike belt, the truck veered hard to the right, avoiding the spike belt and heading straight at the cop.
The officer pulled his service weapon and fired repeatedly at the driver, striking the truck as it drove past him.
The truck narrowly missed striking the officer by just a couple of feet and sped by him.
However, one of the shots struck the front grill and the bullet lodge d in the radiator, causing the engine to overheat and disabling the vehicle.
The two occupants of the hot truck were nabbed without further incident.
ASIRT executive director Susan D. Hughson, Q.C., received the completed investigation and after a careful review of the evidence has confirmed that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer involved committed any criminal offenses.
ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

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