Po­lice ap­peal for help af­ter of­fi­cer struck by stolen truck

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION - ZACH LAING zlaing@post­media.com On Twit­ter: @zjlaing

A 10-year vet­eran Cal­gary po­lice of­fi­cer is at home re­cov­er­ing, weeks af­ter be­ing se­ri­ously in­jured when he was hit by a stolen truck.

Around 3 a.m. on Aug. 18, 2018, the of­fi­cer was pa­trolling the 200 block of Le­gacy Boule­vard S.E. on a sus­pi­cious per­sons call. When he ap­proached a white Ford F-150, the driver fled in the truck, strik­ing the of­fi­cer.

Cal­gary po­lice Supt. Ryan Ayliffe said the ser­vice wouldn’t com­ment on the types of in­juries the of­fi­cer sus­tained but said he has been in contact with the of­fi­cer, who is “very re­silient” and is ex­pected to re­turn to duty.

“This is a tragic sce­nario for us. It would be just as tragic if it was a cit­i­zen, an in­no­cent vic­tim,” said Ayliffe.

“In this case, it’s tough on our or­ga­ni­za­tion be­cause it’s one of the mem­bers, but that doesn’t change how we re­spond to it.”

The truck, which po­lice be­lieve was stolen 10 days be­fore, was found aban­doned in the south­west com­mu­nity of Ever­green. Po­lice say the truck had prom­i­nent de­cals on its doors re­moved, and its li­cence plate had been swapped nu­mer­ous times.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are await­ing re­sults from a full foren­sic anal­y­sis con­ducted on the truck, which they hope will as­sist in iden­ti­fy­ing the sus­pect. He is de­scribed as a Cau­casian in his 20s, with a slim build and brown hair.

Ayliffe said the stolen truck was be­lieved to have been used in other of­fences from the time it was stolen on Aug. 8 to when it struck the of­fi­cer on Aug. 18.

“We are go­ing through the in­ves­tiga­tive process, like any other in­ves­ti­ga­tion; there’s newer steps that are com­plex,” said Ayliffe.

“We’ve got­ten to a point now where we feel … the city of Cal­gary can as­sist us, so we want to ac­cess that. When we are look­ing at this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we are not sim­ply try­ing to find out who in­jured the of­fi­cer. There’s nu­mer­ous (other) vic­tims be­cause of this of­fender — prop­erty vic­tims, po­ten­tially other as­saults.”

Po­lice be­lieve a small red hatch­back was used to pick up the sus­pect af­ter the truck was aban­doned.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the Cal­gary Po­lice Ser­vice at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477.

DAR­REN MAKOWICHUK/FILES

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate a truck that was dumped in Au­gust in Ever­green. It’s be­lieved the pickup was in­volved in an in­ci­dent in which an of­fi­cer was in­jured.

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