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Family in 'shock' after armed home invasion ends with police shooting a suspect

Last Updated Mar 23, 2019 at 2:28 pm PDT

A police truck is parked outside a cluster of mobile homes at the scene of a home invasion. Source: Megan McPhaden/660 NEWS

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — A Calgary woman believes the suspects involved in a home invasion early this morning specifically targeted her family.

“My mom said that she was in her room.

She heard guys coming into the house, and she said three guys ran by and one was holding a shotgun.
They were yelling out my brother’s name and they ran to the back of the room, and she heard a bunch of commotion back there and heard two shots go off,” Tasha McGillis, daughter of the homeowners, said.

“Apparently my dad had a guy holding him at gunpoint in the living room.”

McGillis said her mother, father, brother and his girlfriend were home when several men burst into their mobile home in a quiet retirement community at 27 St. and 86 Ave. in the Riverbend area.

“I woke up kind of freaking out, wondering what the hell? and the first thing that popped into my head is ‘my brother got shot’ but he didn’t,” she said.

“Thank god.”

Shortly after shots rang out around 1:40 a.m., Calgary police arrived at the scene, a gun was later recovered. When police arrived they encountered two men attempting to flee in a vehicle near the home. A confrontation occurred and an officer shot his gun and struck the getaway driver, a man in his 30s. He was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition where he remains in critical, but stable condition.

The passenger in the vehicle, a man in his 20s, was taken into police custody without issue. Police also discovered a man in his 20s inside the home suffering from serious injuries, he was taken to hospital in serious but stable condition. No officers were injured during the incident.

Police confirmed it was a targeted home invasion, and McGillis believes her brother knew the suspects.

“I’m pretty sure he did [know them]. He had two friends who came over for a good hour, the one who is named Kawal,” she said. “About a half-hour after he left, those four guys went barging into the house.”

Investigators are also looking into the potential involvement of other suspects, but no descriptions are available. McGillis pointed out that this is not the first time they’ve had break-ins at the home but it is the first home invasion.

Although Calgary police say the McGillis family is no longer in danger, the experience has left her fearing for her family’s safety.

“I’ve been telling my family to move out of there for a while,” she said.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been called in to investigate because it is an officer-involved shooting. The officer who shot the suspect is a six-year member of the Calgary Police Service.