Calgary officer who fatally shot unarmed man resigns ahead of disciplinary hearing

The Calgary police officer who fatally shot a distressed man in a hotel room five years ago has quit after the chief sent the case to a disciplinary hearing — a move the victim's family calls "cowardly."

Anthony Heffernan, 27, was shot by Const. Maurice McLoughlin four times, including three shots to the head and neck, on March 16, 2015, after police were called to the northeast hotel check on the victim.

Alberta is one of the few, if not the only, jurisdictions in the country where police officers can resign in the face of discipline and maintain a clean record.

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