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ASIRT investigates RCMP officer-involved shooting in Whitecourt

On December 26, 2014, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed by the Director of Law Enforcement to investigate a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer-involved shooting that occurred in Whitecourt, Alberta.

(December 26th), at approximately 10 p.m., the RCMP stopped a vehicle in Whitecourt. In the vehicle, later determined to be stolen, was a 30-year old male driver, and a 25-year old female passenger. During the vehicle stop, the suspect vehicle collided with two marked police vehicles as it fled the scene with both the driver and passenger. Officers fired at the vehicle numerous times.

Within minutes, the RCMP located the suspect vehicle and occupants in a local residential neighbourhood. Upon arrest, both the driver and passenger were taken to hospital. The male driver sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds to his left forearm and bicep and is in stable condition in hospital. The female passenger was treated and released having suffered a minor injury from what appears to have been a non-penetrating gunshot wound. The identities of the driver and passenger will not be released at this time.

After fleeing from the vehicle stop, the male driver became involved in incidents with unrelated citizens before being apprehended by RCMP. Those incidents are now under investigation by the RCMP.

The focus of ASIRT remains the investigation of the circumstances surrounding the vehicle stop that resulted in injury to the occupants of the stolen vehicle. As the investigation is continuing, additional information on the incident will not be released.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

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