Global News has identified Terrence Weinmeyer as the man who died after Calgary’s latest officer-involved shooting.
Sources say Weinmeyer had a long history with police and was recently charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000. He was released on bail Nov. 8 on $200 cash.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating what led to the shooting and as in many investigations, has asked the Calgary Police Service (CPS) to “withhold specific details” of the shooting until its investigators can speak to witnesses.
“In any investigation, you want to obtain the best evidence,” ASIRT executive director Susan Hughson said Wednesday afternoon. “With witnesses, you want to interview and secure their evidence while the incident is still fresh in their mind and before their recollections might be influenced or tainted by information received by other sources or information that may have been shared publicly.”
Watch below: Executive director of ASIRT Susan Hughson explains that the team is working at capacity after this year’s increase in police officer-involved incidents.
The altercation happened in the Bowmont shopping mall parking lot at the corner of 16 Avenue and Home Road N.W. on Tuesday.
Witness Stephen Gibson said Tuesday a blue pickup truck came into the parking lot at a high rate of speed and cut off a civilian vehicle before police arrived and fired shots.
Global News confirmed the truck involved had been stolen, with a British Columbia licence plate.
ASIRT said Wednesday the man driving the truck parked and got out, going into a nearby business. When CPS officers tried to box in the truck, the man left the business and got back in the stolen truck.
“The man put the stolen vehicle into motion, ramming police vehicles,” Hughson said. “During their attempts to contain the man and the vehicle, two police officers fired their service weapons.
“The man sustained injuries and was removed from the truck by officers who immediately provided emergency medical attention until EMS arrived on scene.”
Hughson said despite best efforts, he succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
“An uninjured female passenger from the vehicle was also taken into custody,” she said, declining to provide further specifics of the investigation.
The incident is the ninth officer-involved shooting in Calgary in 2016; four of which have been fatal. There were three officer-involved shootings in Calgary in 2015 and two in 2014.
Hughson admitted there’s a “changing environment” as the number of officer-involved shootings requiring investigation by ASIRT has increased.
“ASIRT’s working at capacity. Last year we had 78 files and that was a 100 per cent increase over what had been the average over 2008 to 2013. This year we’re at 74 files already. I’m anticipating this year we will probably close the year with at least the same number of files we had last year, if not more.”
She said her team is working harder and evidence collection hasn’t been compromised, but said there’s been a delay in the writing and reviewing of reports.
On Tuesday night, CPS held a press conference and said crime like vehicle theft gives rise to “serious officer and public safety concerns” and cited an “opiate issue” as being a major factor.
ASIRT is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call them at 403-592-4306.
With files from Global’s Nancy Hixt