After an investigation, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says officers who shot a man at a Calgary motel won’t be prosecuted.
It was March of last year that Anthony Heffernan was shot by Calgary police. Officers said they were called to the Super 8 motel out of concerns for a man’s well-being.
There, they found the the 27-year-old drug addict unresponsive in his locked room.
Officers forced their way inside to check on him, and that’s when they say he confronted them with a lighter in one hand, and an insulin syringe in the other.
Police say they tried tasing Heffernan, but after a struggle, one officer shot him six times–twice in the head.
ASIRT had initially recommended the officer be charged in Heffernan’s death. However, Executive Director Susan Hughson says the Crown determined there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction and no charges will be laid.
Heffernan’s family is devastated at the decision.
Pat Heffernan says there’s nothing that can bring his son back, but he’ll keep pushing for changes.
“There is no justice in this case,” says Heffernan. “Anthony is dead and anyone else that comes in contact with police is at tremendous risk. And I don’t know why people don’t start realizing this.”
As for ASIRT, Hughson says the next step is a fatality inquiry.
“This was–regardless of the outcome on whether criminal charges are appropriate–nothing short of an immense tragedy.” she says. (ms, News Talk 770, The Canadian Press)