The family of a man shot and killed by police two years ago has filed a civil suit against the Calgary Police Service.
Anthony Heffernan, 27, was shot and killed at the Super 8 Motel on Barlow Trail N.E. in March, 2015.
Officers had gone to the hotel on a check-on-welfare call and found Heffernan in a drug-induced state.They were concerned about a syringe he was holding, though it later turned out it contained no needle tip.
Police tasered Heffernan and when he still refused to drop the syringe, he was shot six times.
Heffernan’s brother Grant told Global News the family hopes the $225,000 lawsuit will prevent similar deaths.
Heffernan is hoping his family might finally get some answers with a civil suit.
“All the other questions that we have of what happened in the afternoon that day, and why after only 72 seconds – my brother was alone, by himself, he had both hands in the air – why they decided to taser and kill him.”