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ASIRT clears Calgary officers who shot mom as she stabbed son

“As the officers’ actions were taken for the purpose of not only defending the young man from additional grievous bodily harm, but also to preserve his very life, the officers’ use of lethal force was not only justified and reasonable but also absolutely necessary,” said ASIRT.

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Calgary police Tac-Team officers were justified in shooting a woman who was trying to stab her son to death three years ago, says the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).

In a lengthy press release yesterday, ASIRT laid out the details that led the the 33-year-old First Nations woman being shot to death on May 17, 2008, as she was stabbing her 17-year-old son.

Her name and that of the son can’t be released because he was a Young Offender.

ASIRT said the woman had an extensive criminal history involving violence and weapons offences and had been previously designated as a long-term offender (LTO). She was subject to a long-term supervision order with numerous conditions, including that she reside at a Calgary community residential facility for women transitioning from prison back into the community, and that she abide by a curfew. She had failed to return to the residence on May 14, 2018, and was unlawfully at large. A Canada-wide warrant had been issued for her arrest for breach of her LTO.

The woman, who was in a residential school, was in and out of jail since the age of 13. She had attempted suicide and had a background of violence, including stabbing people.

“There does seem to be one constant: by all accounts, she wanted a connection to her son. She was extremely troubled and her issues were deeply entrenched, but when asked about her hopes for the future, she focused on that possible connection. Unfortunately, her son also had significant issues and their relationship was not healthy,” said the ASIRT release.

The son had traveled to Calgary from his home in Regina. He had a significant youth criminal record, including weapons offences and violence, was the subject of a weapons prohibition and was on probation. He was also being sought on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault and unlawful confinement related to an incident that had occurred on May 8, 2018, in Calgary.

On May 17, 2018, at 11:12 a.m., CPS received a call from a person who reported that someone had broken into a secondary basement suite in his bi-level house located on Penbrooke Close S.E. in Calgary, and that the perpetrators appeared to still be inside. The door to the basement had been pried open and he could hear someone inside. He could not open the basement door, as it appeared to be barricaded from the inside, said ASIRT.

Officers repeatedly called out to the people inside with no luck and, because the door was barricaded, called for help from the Tac-Team.

“At 12:01 p.m., officers heard an ongoing verbal dispute in the basement between what sounded like a male voice and a female voice. The female voice was screaming. Police attempted to make verbal contact with the people inside the basement but received no response. At 12:04 p.m., officers on scene attempted to gain entry through the main basement door using a sledgehammer. Five officers and the police service dog ultimately gained entry into the basement, concerned for the welfare of the female who was screaming and sounded like she was in distress,” said ASIRT.

Once inside, officers discovered a futon had been used to block the door and the room was in disarray. They also came across another locked door, behind which, voices could be heard. Officers tried to kick the door in and found it was also barricaded.

“Between 12:08 and 12:10 p.m., four tactical police officers arrived on scene, including the involved officers. At 12:11 p.m., one of the tactical officers reported that a female voice from inside the room was calling for help. The officers sought permission from a supervisor to make entry into the room, which was granted. One of the tactical officers repeatedly used a ram to hit the interior door, breaking off the top half of the door in pieces, while the bottom half of the door remained barricaded by a full-size dryer,” said ASIRT.

“As the top half of the door was being removed, the female person continued to sound like she was in distress. While one officer went out to the tactical vehicle to obtain chemical munitions that could be deployed into the room, the two subject officers and a third tactical officer remained closest to the door of what turned out to be a small utility or laundry room.”

One of the officers then saw a man and woman struggling inside. The male, who turned out to be the 17-year-old, appeared to be armed with a knife. When he refused to drop it, one of the officers opened fire with a bean bag gun. With the five “less-lethal” shots, the teen fell to the ground and lost his grip on the knife.

“Within seconds, the woman took the knife and, despite commands to drop the weapon, raised the knife and proceeded to stab her son in the chest. When she raised the knife in what appeared to be a move to stab him again, both (officers) fired their service pistols, striking the woman repeatedly and sending her to the ground. The young man remained on the ground, critically wounded,” said ASIRT.

“When examined, he had what appeared to be two stab wounds to the left chest above the nipple. The paramedic characterized his status as “red,” meaning immediate risk of death, and that they would need additional resources.”

Paramedics declared his mom dead at the scene. An autopsy recovered seven bullets and found a stab wound on her chest.

While the first officer cooperated with ASIRT, the second used his constitutional right to remain silent.

A toxicology report of the mom noted the presence of alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, an opioid pain medication, and the psychoactive component of cannabis, in addition to other over-the-counter and prescription medications.

In a later interview with ASIRT, the teen admitted he had consumed a gram of cocaine and a bottle of hard liquor the day of the incident. He added his mother had also consumed alcohol and used drugs. 

He didn’t have a clear recollection of what happened in the basement but added his mother didn’t want to go back to prison, so they barricaded the doors.

“When asked about his level of intoxication, the young man stated that he would have been at a 10 out of 10, severely intoxicated. He indicated that he felt his mom would have been at about a five out of 10 in terms of intoxication and that she had been saying she didn’t want to go back to jail and was crying. When he heard police banging on the door he remembered taking a “last shot” of alcohol from a bottle of rum. He also indicated that he and his mother also did some drugs while the banging was happening,” said ASIRT.

“He shared that his mom told him, ‘I’m not going back to jail, my boy, so whatever happens, just know that I love you and everything is going to be OK.’ He thought that meant “she is going to go out, like she went out.

“In perhaps the most heartbreaking part of the interview, the young man said that he wished he had died with his mom. He said he had had suicidal thoughts before and he attempted to commit suicide two to three months earlier, in part because of his relationship with his mother and their separation. Prior to these events, he said the last time he had seen her was when he was three years old, more than 14 years earlier.

“This is a quintessential example of a situation where police officers must take immediate action using potentially lethal force against one individual to preserve the life of another. While they were able to address the threat that the young man presented to his mother, without loss of life, when she turned the tables and actually proceeded to stab him, that was no longer an option.

“As the officers’ actions were taken for the purpose of not only defending the young man from additional grievous bodily harm, but also to preserve his very life, the officers’ use of lethal force was not only justified and reasonable but also absolutely necessary, and accordingly does not constitute an offence.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

And Kovik thinks this won’t be the end of restrictions, with more likely in a couple of weeks.

“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Vancouver gangster killed in daylight shooting

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

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Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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COVID vaccines changing their names

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

The Pfizer vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, which the company said represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity.

CBC said the vaccines didn’t go by their brand name initially, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved they will go by their permanent name.

Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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