Of­fi­cer had pre­vi­ous fa­tal shoot­ing

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The of­fi­cer who fa­tally shot and killed 29-year-old Stacey Perry on Dec. 25, 2018, mor­tally wounded a Calgary man in 2011.

Const. Stephen Cook, a 10-year vet­eran with the Calgary Po­lice Ser­vice, fired at Perry af­ter she pinned a fe­male of­fi­cer fol­low­ing a spree of dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

The shoot­ing is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Al­berta Se­ri­ous In­ci­dent Re­sponse Team. Cook is on a 30day ad­min­is­tra­tive leave.

In 2011, Cook shot Cor­win (Corey) Peeace, 40, four times af­ter breach­ing an Erin Woods home.

Dur­ing a sub­se­quent fa­tal­ity in­quiry in 2013, Cook told his lawyer, Wil­lie deWit, that he was dis­patched to the home af­ter Peeace’s com­mon-law spouse, Vanessa Sev­eright, called 911.

On the call, a male in the back­ground could be over­heard say­ing, “You are go­ing to die tonight.” Cook said he drew his firearm, kicked in the door and, based on what he said was an im­mi­nent threat, shot Peeace four times. “If he had brought the knife down, he would have stabbed her in the neck or shoul­der area. I be­lieved he was about to stab this fe­male and I ex­pected she was go­ing to die to­day, as I heard,” Cook said.

Just af­ter mid­night on Christ­mas morn­ing, Perry was driv­ing er­rat­i­cally near 9th Av­enue and Black­foot Trail S.E. in a grey Honda Ac­cord coupe with a B.C. li­cence plate. Of­fi­cers tried to stop her ve­hi­cle on sus­pi­cion of im­paired driv­ing. How­ever, she failed to pull over.

Two more traf­fic stops were at­tempted, also un­suc­cess­fully, around 12:30 a.m. Po­lice stopped fol­low­ing the ve­hi­cle about 10 min­utes later, cit­ing “safety rea­sons.”

Less than two hours later, po­lice re­ceived a call about a driver “run­ning red lights and do­ing U-turns” in the north­east com­mu­nity of Fal­con­ridge. Of­fi­cers lo­cated the same grey Honda from ear­lier, be­ing driven the wrong way into on­com­ing lanes of traf­fic through­out north­east Calgary.

Po­lice at­tempted a con­trolled stop of the two-door car, which was en­ter­ing onto McKnight Boule­vard from Stoney Trail, by po­si­tion­ing a po­lice ve­hi­cle in the front of the coupe and ad­di­tional po­lice ve­hi­cles on each side of, and be­hind, the car.

As of­fi­cers be­gan to exit their ve­hi­cles, “the sedan was put in mo­tion,” ac­cord­ing to ASIRT in a state­ment.

Perry’s ex-boyfriend, Vin­cent Church, said she bat­tled al­co­hol and sub­stance abuse is­sues in the past and was known to panic.

“(The day she was shot) she may have un­doubt­edly had a bad time, or bad episode or some­body threat­ened her or did some­thing to her to cause her to panic,” he said.

“It would prob­a­bly give her the fight or flight re­flexes and when she be­came dis­tressed, she didn’t al­ways make the best de­ci­sions.”

In a state­ment, Calgary Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Les Kamin­ski said of­fi­cers come to work with the hope they don’t have to use force on an­other in­di­vid­ual.

“How­ever, it is our duty to pro­tect the pub­lic, other of­fi­cers, and our­selves. This is the harsh re­al­ity of po­lice work,” he said in a state­ment.

Const. Stephen Cook

Stacey Perry


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