11/06/2013 10:37 EST | Updated 11/06/2013 10:56 EST

Matthew Brown Shot By Calgary Police, Family Looks For Answers


The family of a man shot by a Calgary police officer are looking for answers while he remains in hospital in serious condition.

Matthew Brown's mother told Metro News he was shocked when police officers approached him while he was asleep in his car.

"He was startled," she said.

Two officers approached a suspicious vehicle around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, said Calgary police. As the vehicle drove away one of the officers fired his weapon, hitting the man at least once.

According to witnesses, when officers asked Brown to exit the vehicle, he took off and tried to run them over, Global News reports. The officers fired at the truck, which then ended up smashing into a home.

Brown's family said he isn't able to talk yet, requires a breathing tube, and still has a bullet lodged in his neck, Global News adds.

Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson defended his officer's split-second decision, saying he believed his life was at risk.

"Based on the details I have so far, I'm confident that the officers involved responded as they have been trained to do so," Hanson told CTV News.

Neither of the two officers were hurt in the shooting and investigators from the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team have been called in to review what happened.

With files from The Canadian Press

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