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Suspect in Alberta police shootout killed himself

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - An investigation has concluded that a heavily armed suspect who exchanged gunfire with RCMP officers in the small Alberta town of St. Paul earlier this month killed himself.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says police did nothing wrong in the shootout that led to the death of John Quadros, 55, and no criminal charges will be laid.

"I can tell you that the investigation did not disclose any criminal conduct on the part of those police officers involved," Clifton Purvis, head of the civilian investigative agency, said Friday. "It was further determined that the male driver of that vehicle, Mr. John Quadros, took his own life during the incident."

Three Mounties were injured in downtown St. Paul on May 9 during a pursuit of a black pickup truck driven by a man believed to have fired shots at the RCMP detachment.

An officer in a police pickup positioned at an intersection was seriously injured when the truck rammed the vehicle.

A second RCMP vehicle arrived and parked about 13 metres away from the crash site. The man inside the truck fired several shots at that cruiser, Purvis said.

One officer's hand was grazed by a bullet and a second Mountie was hit by a shard of flying glass.

Another RCMP officer arrived and fired eight shots at the suspect's truck.

"After the shooting stopped, the RCMP member ordered the male to exit the vehicle; however, he ... did not move. After approaching the vehicle, it was determined that the driver of the black truck was deceased."

Purvis said none of the police bullets had struck the man.

The whole gun battle took place in a matter of minutes.

The RCMP have since said that they believe Quadros, who owned a health food store in town, had shot and killed a Catholic priest in the church rectory earlier that night. Rev. Gilbert Dasna had come from Africa to serve in St. Paul.

Police have not said what they think motivated Quadros. Purvis said he could not comment Friday because of the ongoing RCMP investigation into Dasna's death.

Purvis did say that Quadros was armed with a number of weapons.

"The investigation recovered several firearms from inside the cab of the black truck. Recovered was a high-powered rifle, two shotguns, a small-calibre pistol and numerous rounds of ammunition to fit all of those weapons," he said.

"Numerous shots were fired from within the cab from different types of weapons."

The three injured Mounties are expected to recover from their injuries.

The officer who was in the vehicle that was rammed was most seriously injured. The impact crushed her lower limbs and she needed surgery to put pins in both feet.

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