A man is dead and another in custody after a fatal police-involved shooting Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery.
It happened in the parking lot of a strip mall in the 5000 block of 16th Ave. N.W.
Witnesses tell Global News the events played out quickly at the Bowmont Shopping Centre.
A Dodge pickup entered the parking lot at a high speed and was quickly swarmed by police.
Stephen Gibson saw it all unfold.
“The blue pickup came into the parking lot at a high rate of speed, cut off a civilian vehicle and then the police were on scene immediately, and shots were fired immediately. I couldn’t see any discernible pause in the action, it just happened very, very quickly.”
Jamie Manuchi was there too.
“It was scary, let me tell you, it was just plain scary. I heard pop, pop, pop, one, two, three. EMS were trying to give chest compressions on this guy and the police officers were saying, back off, back off, everybody back off.”
The 49 year old driver of the vehicle died later in hospital.
On Tuesday night, CPS held a press conference to answer questions about the shooting and acknowledged the rising number of officer-involved shootings.
“In what seems to be like a nightly occurrence, the high frequency of crime … such as stolen vehicles, give rise to serious officer and public safety concerns,” Acting Deputy Chief James Hardy said. “The common feature of these events is offenders who seem to have no regard for life or property.
“A lot of this crime is being fuelled through the opiate issue we have right now.”
While not specifically saying how or if drugs played a role in Tuesday’s shooting, Hardy told reporters “this year alone, the service has responded to over 4,000 stolen vehicle occurrences, which represent a 44 per cent increase over a five-year average.”
“The risk to our officers is high, (the risk to) individuals using opiates is high,” he said. “What it does, is it changes your entire personality. It drives you, it drives you to commit crime.”
ASIRT is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call them at 403.592.4306.
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