ASIRT concludes investigation into shootout
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.
Eyewitness Sarah Herperger-Goulet previously told the St. Paul Journal that at one point during the shootout, she heard an officer yell, “He’s down, he’s down, he killed himself,” and looked up to see Quadros slumped over.
On the Friday evening at about 6 p.m., RCMP members heard gunshots outside of the detachment, and members immediately followed in an attempt to locate the black Dodge truck witnessed fleeing the scene.
The truck sped downtown, eventually ramming a parked RCMP vehicle on St. Paul’s main street, pinning an RCMP member inside. Purvis explained another member approached in a separate vehicle, stopping about 13 metres from the black truck. At that time, Quadros fired several shots towards the parked police vehicle, following which an RCMP member on the scene returned fire with eight rounds from his police service pistol, ASIRT found.
Purvis said the member ordered Quadros to exit from the vehicle, but he did not respond. 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 to its investigation in this case.
RCMP believe Quadros was responsible for the shooting of Roman Catholic priest Father Gilbert Dasna in the rectory next to the St. Paul Cathedral earlier that evening. The RCMP is continuing its criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding Dasna's death, said Purvis.