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Cop recovering after ASIRT office stabbing

A 25-year RCMP veteran is recovering in hospital after being stabbed yesterday at the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team office.

Sgt. Andrew Johnson, 53, underwent multiple surgeries yesterday at the Foothills Hospital and was upgraded to good condition, said Clifton Purvis, ASIRT’s executive director.

“I credit the swift actions of the ASIRT investigators with saving Sgt. Johnson’s life,” said Purvis.

According to The Canadian Press, some Calgary media outlets were reporting the suspect as Lee Christopher Monrose, 30, who was shot in the head by police last November.

At the time, officers were responding to a call about a suspicious car and tried to pull over Monrose’s vehicle.

ASIRT is still investigating that incident and has not yet made a ruling.

Police would not confirm Monrose’s alleged involvement.

Just before the stabbing, a man came to the ASIRT office without an appointment and was taken into an interview room by Johnson, said Calgary police Duty Insp. Vic Trickett.

Trickett said Johnson was stabbed three times.

Two ASIRT officers came to Johnson’s aid and were able to detain the suspect.

One of the men, a Calgary police officer, received minor wounds to his hand but was not taken to hospital, said RCMP Supt. Randy McGinnis.

The suspect was taken into police custody and transported to hospital to be treated for a head injury, said McGinnis.

As the case involves members of the Calgary police, RCMP and ASIRT, the Edmonton Police Service will be conducting the investigation, said Purvis.

This incident comes just two weeks after ASIRT had initiated a security review of their premise.

“Curiously enough, here we are with this incident at this time,” said Purvis.
Johnson is expected to make a full recovery.

Charges have yet to be laid.

With files from the Canadian Press

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