At approximately 10:18 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, a male parked his vehicle in the City Hall underground parkade, then entered the building from the parkade access. Once inside City Hall, he lit several handheld incendiary devices, believed to be Molotov cocktails, that caused one small fire outside an elevator. He then fired several rounds from a long gun into the ceiling, walls and windows. No one was struck by gunfire.
The male then dropped the firearm on the floor and surrendered to a City Hall security Commissionaire, who detained him until police arrived moments later. EPS and RCMP Tactical teams then worked for several hours to secure and clear the building of any further threats, escorting out citizens who had been sheltering in place in various locations throughout City Hall.
The male, identified as Bezhani Sarvar, 28, is charged with six charges: reckless discharge of firearm into place, use/place/throw explosive substance, arson to property, possess incendiary material, use of firearm while committing offence and careless use of firearm.
Sarvar's bail hearing is Jan. 25, 2024.
The EPS is aware of a video circulating that may be related to this incident. Investigators are reviewing this video. “Our officers are working closely with our national security partners on this investigation,” says Chief Dale McFee. “I would like to reassure the public that we believe there is no further threat to public safety at this time. The investigation is in its early stages, and we will continue to update Edmontonians as it progresses.”
EPS is working with RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams (INSET) partners on the continued investigation. No further information is available at this time.