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Shelter-in-place warning enters 2nd day in Calgary neighbourhood after police shot at

Police in Calgary continue to advise people to avoid the area of the 300 block of Penswood Way Southeast for “an ongoing incident involving a shooting.”

Shots rang out on Tuesday, prompting a shelter-in-place order.

In addition to asking local residents to shelter in place, Memorial Drive between 52nd Street and 68th Street Southeast has been closed to traffic.

The Calgary Police Service shared news of the active incident in the north part of the Penbrooke Meadows neighbourhood on social media late Thursday.

The CPS tactical unit was executing a search warrant at around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Police said prior to entering the home, shots were fired in the direction of the officers at the scene.

“We currently have multiple police resources on scene and have contained the suspect residence,” police posted on social media at 4:45 p.m.

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In the early evening, police could be heard on loudspeakers trying to negotiate with a person inside the home, encouraging him to come out or call 911 if he was injured.

On Friday morning, the situation was ongoing. As of around 9:30 a.m. on Friday, there were no reported injuries.

At about 9 a.m., Supt. Joe Brar with the CPS’ operational support division spoke to reporters and answered questions.

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“My goal is to be as transparent as possible,” he said, before noting that some details he could not divulge because they would compromise the safety of police officers.

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He said officers first arrived at the home on Thursday as part of an “investigation into a firearms offence.”

“This event continues to present a significant threat to public and officer safety,” Brar said. “While this risk remains, the Calgary Police Service is well-equipped and trained to deal with these types of situations.

“We have the threat isolated to one location.”

He said police realize the ongoing situation has “had a significant impact on the community’s sense of safety and it’s also been an inconvenience to people’s day to day lives.”

“(But) in order to bring this to a peaceful resolution, we need the public’s support,” he said, referring to people adhering to the shelter-in-place order or staying away from their homes if they are outside the area covered by the order.

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Brar noted that if anyone impacted has an exceptional reason that requires them to get in or out of their house, they should call the CPS’ non-emergency phone number to see what, if any, arrangements can be made. He suggested such reasons could include medical needs or urgent travel requirements.

He also noted police have a victims’ assistance team that is able to offer support to Calgarians who need it.

“We’ve tried to limit the number of people impacted, but we’d rather be safe,” he said, adding that police are also attempting to minimize the impact on area businesses.

Police noted that two area schools remain open and that it was safe for students and teachers to attend.

“We will take as much time as needed to bring this event to a peaceful resolution, however, we are prepared to act if we need to end it quicker,” Brar said.

When asked why RCMP members were at the scene, Brar said the CPS requested assistance from the Mounties, which is not uncommon in such events.

Brar also expressed his gratitude for police officers involved, “who have worked tirelessly … in the face of real danger and showed a lot of courage and professionalism.”

More to come…

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