Calgary police shot four times as many people in 2018 as previous year

Calgary police shot nine people this year — killing five of them — after they were involved in just two shootings last year.

The spike comes as Calgary officers face renewed scrutiny over use of force, with a recent independent review finding gaps and making 65 recommendations.

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Acting Chief Steve Barlow said his officers are often deployed to unpredictable scenes. He said some of the people shot by police this year had mental health and addiction issues.

The latest police-involved shooting came early Christmas morning, when a woman was shot and killed by an officer after an hours-long chase. This case, like every other police shooting in 2018, is being investigated by the oversight watchdog, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.

Barlow, who declined to comment on the open cases, said he remains committed to learning from the independent review into the police service's use of force by retired Court of Queen's Bench chief justice Neil Wittmann.

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