Ernie Russell was driving an ETS bus north on 50 Street when he came across the gunman in the street. He told his passengers to lie on the floor at the back of the bus. An Edmonton Police officer apparently shot a man kneeling in the middle of a north end intersection who was holding a rifle. The scene was at 50 Street and 137 Avenue on March 13, 2017 Photo by Shaughn Butts / Postmedia

An Edmonton bus driver is being called a hero with nerves of steel for his role in last week’s police shooting of a gunman at a busy Clareview intersection.
A retired police sergeant, driver Ernie Russell’s training kicked in when he came face-to-face with a man armed with a rifle March 13.
First, he stopped the bus, then, the second it was safe, he had his half-dozen passengers lie on the floor at the back of the bus, moments before the vehicle was struck by at least one bullet.
A bullet went through the driver’s seat, leaving a hole at chest height where Russell had just been sitting.
“A lot of people would have panicked,” Mark Tetterington, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 569, said Tuesday.
“He saw the danger, had everyone hit the deck. … He did everything absolutely perfect.”
Russell is forbidden by Edmonton Transit to speak publicly about his actions because of the ongoing police investigation. Three unrelated sources confirmed the sequence …
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