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Claresholm man accused in officer-involved shooting in Calgary

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A 35 year old Claresholm man is facing charges in connection to an officer-involved shooting in Calgary early Sunday morning.

Just after 4am, police were called to a parking lot in a Calgary shopping complex for reports of a suspicious person armed with a machete who was making threatening statements.

The situation escalated and the man was shot by police.

Even after he was shot, police say the man refused to drop his weapon and additional force was used to take him into custody.

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Daniel Richard Balcerzak has been charged with assaulting a police officer, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, and uttering threats to cause death.

He remains in custody in hospital in stable, non life-threatening condition.

The incident is being investigated by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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