In March of 2017, an Edmonton constable pulled over a man that he suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. The man then brandished a knife and got into a tussle with the officer. Constable Ian Wood then grabbed his gun and shot the driver, Vitaly Savin, multiple times.
Wood was found to be acting appropriately during the stop more than a year later. He’s now releasing a statement about what happened on that fateful day. “I have been a police officer for almost 15 years and I have been in many dangerous situations during my career,” he said.
“But I can honestly say that I have never felt this certain that a person intended to cause me grievous bodily harm or death.” Wood made this statement to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team. “I immediately looked at his hands and saw that he was not holding anything at the time,” Wood added. “I also observed that the was swaying from side to side and that his eyes were glazed and vacant.
Wood had tried to give Savin commands, and called in for backup sensing that something was awry. “He produced what I would describe as a hunting type knife from his right side and took a step toward me, while raising the knife…and pointing it in my direction,” Wood said. “He had what I would describe as a maniacal look on his face. “His eyes were very wide and he was gritting his teeth. The look was one of determination.”