The man at the center of a controversial Police involved shooting is reported to be a fugitive from justice.
On July 20, 2014, Evan Matthew Cromarty (20) was shot by an RCMP Officer after he fled on foot from his parents residence. Police subsequently charged Cromarty with aggravated assault, break & enter and four counts of uttering threats.
He subsequently detained in custody.
The shooting made National news largely because it occurred in front of approximately three-hundred (300) people who were attending two baseball games. One game involved twelve (12) year olds and the other involved seventeen (17) year olds. Many children and teens were reported to be traumatized by the incident.
Witnesses to the incident indicated Cromarty was unarmed and had his hands up when he was shot by the police officer.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was assigned to complete the investigation.
ASIRT has yet to provide an investigative update.
Cromarty was released on bail on September 25, 2014 on a condition he reside at a John Howard Society facility in Winnipeg. He was also required to observe a curfew.
Police allege Cromarty breached a condition of his release and obtained a warrant for his arrest on October 7, 2014.
He remains at large.
Media accounts filed after the shooting caught the attention of The Police Insider after the Winnipeg Free Press published a story featuring a photograph of Cromarty that seemed to fall short of capturing the true essence of the man at the center of the sensational incident.
A quick search of Facebook uncovered photographs of Cromarty brandishing a machete, flashing gang signs and chugging whiskey from a 40 oz bottle.
The Police Insider published a story questioning the media’s ability to influence public perception by using a photograph that seemed to misrepresent the true nature of Mr. Cromarty’s character.
The story has since become the third (3rd) most viewed Police Insider story of all time.
On Friday, October 17, 2014, Cromarty’s lot in life came to my attention by way of a Winnipeg Sun story penned by Dean Pritchard titled, “On the run again; Days after getting bail, cop-shooting victim has disappeared.”
It was with interest I noted the Sun decided to publish a photograph that comes closer to capturing Cromarty’s genuine spirit.
In granting Cromarty’s release Provincial Court Judge Heather Pullan stated, “I’m hopeful that you will make the best of the opportunity this is and turn things around for yourself.”
Optimism Evan Cromarty clearly didn’t deserve.
And so turn the revolving doors of justice.