Charges laid in connection with incidents prior to officer-involved shooting

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 17-year-old man in connection with a series of incidents earlier this month that occurred prior to an officer-involved shooting.

On October 9, 2015 at approximately 6:30 p.m. police responded to multiple 911 calls about a disturbance involving a man armed with a large knife at Safeway along the 500 block of University Drive. The suspect fled the store prior to police arrival, but following a search of the immediate area he was located along the 300 block of Red Crow Boulevard. The suspect was armed with a large-bladed knife and during the course of a confrontation with police an officer discharged his service pistol. The suspect, identified as a 17-year-old Lethbridge resident, was subsequently taken to hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. 

Investigation into the events prior to the officer-involved shooting have determined that at approximately 6:20 p.m. a young male approached a female who was shopping at Safeway and sexually assaulted her. Store security was notified and the man was located inside the store armed with a large-bladed knife that had been stolen from behind the butcher’s counter. The man was acting very irrationally and was observed swinging the knife around, which prompted multiple 911 calls.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified, is charged with one count each of sexual assault, theft under $5,000 and possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 25.

As required by the Alberta Police Act, the Director of Law Enforcement was notified following the shooting and directed the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) to investigate. The ASIRT investigation is ongoing.