Calgary police officers investigating a possible break-in shot a female intruder to death in a Penbrooke Meadows home on Thursday.
Police said they were called to the scene in response to a break-and-enter complaint about 11:30 a.m.
“A resident called to report a break and enter. . . Patrol officers responded and information was received that a person or persons were barricaded within an area in the lower level,” said Ryan Ayliffe, acting deputy chief for the Calgary Police Service.
The residents did not have a confrontation with the male and female suspects inside.
Ayliffe said a K9 unit responded and called in the police tactical team based on their observations at the scene.
Sounds of distress were heard from inside the home, prompting the tactical unit to breach a barricade that had been placed around the area of the incident.
At 12:15 p.m., Ayliffe said a tactical team member deployed an Arwen less-lethal impact launcher that struck a man. After the launcher was deployed, circumstances occurred which required police to engage with the woman.
“A second tactical member discharged his service firearm. The woman was pronounced deceased at the scene,” said Ayliffe, who added that the man was taken to Foothills hospital in “very serious” condition with stab wounds.
Police recovered a knife at the scene.
It is not known how the man received the stab wounds, and police don’t believe the man or woman have any relationship with the Penbrooke home or homeowners.
Members of the tactical team who deployed their less-lethal and lethal firearms are both constables — one a 12-year-member and the other a seven-year-member of the service.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been called in to investigate the shooting.
At the time of the incident, Jessie Wallace was picking up a friend next door to where the incident occurred.
She said she witnessed a K9 unit and members of the CPS tactical team enter a home in the 100 block of Penbrooke Close S.E.
Wallace said she could hear a police dog barking from inside the home.
“The police officers opened the front door and let the dog in on a long leash; it was in there for 15 minutes,” said Wallace.
“Two officers had their guns out and the SWAT team came in on the side.”
Soon after that, the woman said she heard a commotion coming from the house.
“There were loud noises and a dog barking. . . After that, I heard lots of yelling,” she said.
“We didn’t see any bad guy come out.”
Neighbour Kristen Davis had only moved into the street a week ago.
“”(I) heard lots of commotion; heard them say ‘shots fired.’ The ambulance came there shortly after and they were told to go to the back. I believe they dealt with him in the back. The ambulance left out the back,” said Davis.
““I heard that there was a break and enter. The man who lives in the basement came home, he noticed the door was pried open and there was somebody in the house and he had barricaded himself in the basement,” she said.
With files from Jim Wells