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ASIRT concludes investigation into shootout

May 23, 2014 11:45 am | Journal Staff

John Carlos Quadros took his own life during the May 9 shootout in St. Paul, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has determined.

“It was a suicide,” said Clifton Purvis, the executive director of ASIRT, adding that because the RCMP was not responsible for death or serious injury to Quadros, ASIRT no longer had the mandate to investigate the incident. 

No charges would be laid against any members, he said. 

On the Friday evening at about 6 p.m., RCMP heard gunshots at the detachment, and members immediately followed in an attempt to locate the black Dodge truck witnessed fleeing the scene.

The truck later rammed a parked RCMP vehicle downtown, following which the driver, Quadros, fired several shots at RCMP on the scene. A police officer fired eight rounds from his police-issued service pistol, said Purvis, adding the member ordered Quadros to exit from the vehicle. Police would later recover several weapons from the Dodge truck, including a high-powered rifle, two shotguns, a small calibre pistol and ammunition for those weapons. 

Following the exchange of gunfire, Quadros took his own life, said Purvis. 

Three police officers were injured during the incident, and Purvis stated, “all of those officers will recover from their injuries.”

ASIRT investigations can take months to conclude, but Purvis said it was “quite clear” that Quadros had committed suicide, leading to a quicker resolution. 

Autopsy results show that Quadros had killed Roman Catholic priest Father Gilbert Dasna in the rectory next to the St. Paul Cathedral earlier that evening. RCMP is continuing its criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding Dasna's death, said Purvis.


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