Calgary police say one of their helicopters happened to be in the air at the time of a fatal shooting in the city's southeast on Tuesday and that helped officers quickly track and arrest three suspects.
Officers were called to a park near the intersection of Legacy Parade and Legacy Lane S.E. at about 3:50 p.m. after local residents reported a person in a vehicle had been shot.
One man was found dead at the scene and the person or people responsible had fled, police said in a release.
"HAWCS was already in the air at the time of the incident, which was instrumental in helping us advance this investigation quickly," said homicide unit Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta in a release.
He said the helicopter quickly located the suspect vehicle fleeing the scene and tracked it "so that an arrest could be made at the safest location possible."
"This ensured a quick arrest and prevented disposal of key evidence, which also helps to reduce investigative costs," he said.
Three suspects were taken into custody, two adults and one youth. Charges are pending, police said.
The names of the adult suspects will be released once the charges are formally laid.
Police say it appears the shooting was targeted.