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33 year old man killed as Red Deer RCMP respond to suspect wielding knife

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News release from RCMP Alberta

Alberta RCMP officer involved shooting in Red Deer

On April 13, 2023, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Red Deer RCMP officers responded to a complaint of a male threatening to harm individuals with a knife inside a residence. Red Deer RCMP officers attended the residence and located the male, when an altercation occurred between the male and the officers that resulted in one officer discharging their service pistol. A 33 year-old male was pronounced deceased at the residence.

 No officers were physically injured during this incident.

 The Alberta RCMP believes in processes that seek the facts and it’s important that processes taken to assess the actions of all those involved, including the police, are fair, transparent, and defendable. This is why, as soon as we became aware of this incident, we immediately notified the Director of Law Enforcement and initiated our internal review process.

 The Director of Law Enforcement deemed this to be “in scope” and has directed the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) to investigate.

 

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Large amount of drugs, firearms seized from Red Deer home

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News release from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

Five firearms were seized alongside nearly a quarter million dollars’ in drugs and cash after a Red Deer home was searched.

ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime team searched the home on May 23, 2024 with help from Red Deer RCMP. The home, located in the Eastview neighbourhood, contained a large amount of drugs and firearms with five suspects being arrested.

“None of these firearms were lawfully possessed and are instruments of the drug trade. There’s an inherent violence with drug trafficking that threatens all of our safety,” said Insp. Brad Lundeen, ALERT Regional.

The drugs seized have an estimated street value of $220,000 and include:

  • Five firearms;
  • 670 grams of cocaine;
  • 336 grams of MDMA;
  • 90 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 76 suspected methamphetamine pills;
  • 71 opioid pills;
  • 494 illicit prescription pills;
  • 4.4 litres of GHB;
  • 1,313 grams of cannabis;
  • $96,440 cash.

One of the firearms, a loaded 40-caliber handgun, had previously been reported as stolen. Two of the firearms also had their serial number tampered. The seized firearms will be sent to ALERT’s Provincial Firearms Solutions Lab for ballistics testing and analysis.

Five suspects, ranging in age from 32 to 51 years old, were arrested but charges have yet to been laid. The investigation remains ongoing as investigators prepare reports and disclosure for Crown Counsel.

ALERT’s investigation began in January 2024 in response to drug trafficking in the Red Deer area.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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Stoney Nakoda RCMP conduct drone trials to enhance safety of Albertans

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Alberta RCMP testing Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems drone technology (Photo from Alberta RCMP Facebook page)

News release from the Alberta RCMP

Keep an eye on the sky! 

Stoney Nakoda, Alta. – From June 4-June 15, 2024, Stoney Nakoda RCMP will be participating in a ‘pilot’ program to test Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), commonly known as drones, and how it can be used to respond to calls for service. Stoney Nakoda was selected as one of three communities for the RPAS trials, scheduled for May and June of this year.  The trials are being held in a mid-sized community, large municipality, and an Indigenous community.

RPAS technology is already used by the Alberta RCMP for a variety of needs including traffic accident reconstruction, search and rescue, major crimes investigation, and emergency response team calls. The trial is being conducted as another step in exploring potential new ways RPAS technology can be used to help ensure the safety of Albertans.

The objectives of the trials are to learn more about RPAS, to test different technologies, and to determine how RPAS can be used to better serve our communities.

During the trial period, the RCMP will be testing a new type of service delivery where RPAS will be used to assist police responding to certain calls by providing air support. RPAS will be deployed from the Stoney Tribal Administration Building (40 Morley Rd, Morley, AB) for various calls to service including crimes in progress, flight from police, suspicious persons, missing persons, assist EMS/Fire, or even to support natural disaster response.

The decision to further explore and expand RPAS usage was made following thorough research into the use of the technology by law enforcement in other jurisdictions. The decision is also based on recommendations to increase air support made by the Mass Casualty Commission following the Mass Casualty Event in Nova Scotia.

“We’re always excited to work with the people of Stoney Nakoda to figure out new ways that we can serve the community,” says Inspector Dave Brunner, Officer in Charge of the Stoney Nakoda RCMP. “These RPAS trials will give us the opportunity to test new technology and develop new methodologies that will help ensure the safety of members, our communities, and help us continue to build trust and confidence with the people we serve.”

The expansion of the RPAS program is being done in consultation with the RCMP National RPAS Program, law enforcement partners, municipal and provincial governments, and industry experts to ensure that the program is developed to best meet the needs of Albertans. Following the trial, the RCMP will evaluate the program to determine if RPAS can be used to enhance public safety and will update the public on the results.

The Stoney Nakoda Tribal leadership, which includes Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Goodstoney bands, wish to share:

“The Stoney Nakoda Nation welcomes the RCMP Drone-Trial Project and looks forward to assisting them in providing an enhanced police service to First Nations while respecting the privacy and culture of our people.  We hope this new technology will aid the RCMP in reducing the levels of drug trafficking, the crime and pain this brings to our Nation.  We look forward to receiving further briefings from the RCMP on the results of the trial and how this new capability will aid in providing increased safety and security to our people.”

RCMP-provided information related to the local RPAS trial will be hosted at Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Pilot Program (rcmp-grc.gc.ca).

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