A police officer has been shot in the northeast Calgary community of Abbeydale.
He was rushed to the Foothills Medical Centre where he is in stable condition, surrounded by his family. The head of the Calgary Police Association identified the injured officer as Jordan Forget – a five-year member of the force.
We can never forget that police across the country put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. Wishing the @CalgaryPolice officer who was shot in #Abbeydale a full & speedy recovery. https://t.co/K4i2CwXjIC
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 27, 2018
Police Chief Roger Chaffin says his officers acted with courage and is proud of them. He also thanks the other first responders and the medical staff at Foothills. He calls them heroes. #yyc
— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) March 27, 2018
Police say the incident began with the robbery of a convenience store. The suspect then proceeded to allegedly attempt a carjacking and home break-in before shots were exchanged between the suspect and police.
The shooter was believed to have been barricaded in a garage, which was engulfed in flames. The suspect was later found dead.
A look at the fire burning in the NE, photo taken at 1 p.m. police say a suspect has been found dead. pic.twitter.com/6VKwHwmCCj
— Crystal Laderas (@CrisLaderas) March 27, 2018
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says it is investigating and considers the man’s death to have occurred in police custody since officers had the garage in the city’s northeast surrounded at the time.
Investigators say police returned fire after the officer was shot and say the body of the man was discovered in the garage once the fire was extinguished.
Investigators say they have not confirmed the man’s identity or determined how he died.