Two Calgary police officers are under independent investigation after a shooting Wednesday night in a northeast Calgary commercial parking lot said to be a source of criminal activity complaints.

The two officers, one having served a year and the other four years, opened fire on a black Nissan SUV in a parking lot at Prairie Winds Park in the 200 block of Castleridge Boulevard NE around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to police.

Clifton Purvis of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the organization handling the independent review of the case, provided very few details because of the ongoing investigation, but said the officers had initially conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle when the situation escalated.

“Our task is to determine whether the actions of the Calgary Police Service members involved were justified,” said Purvis.

Calgary police Chief Rick Hanson was also mum on details, cautious not to undermine the ASIRT investigation, though he said the area the incident took place has been on police radar because of past complaints.

“(Prairie Winds Park) has been a source of special attention of officers in that area and it would not be unusual for police officers in doing their duty to be patrolling a particular parking lot or checking out any suspicious vehicles,” he said.

Hanson said the officers involved would be off for a mandatory 30 days while the investigation runs its course, but defended their actions. “I will always assume until proven otherwise that our officers acted with the best intentions,” he said.

The victim, who suffered a head wound, remains in hospital.

This is the fourth officer-involved shooting in Calgary this year.

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