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Serious Incident Response Team investigation into death of suspect who stabbed police dog

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News Release from the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT)

Investigation into fatal officer-involved shooting near Ardmore continues

On June 20, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident that took place that same day during which a member of the Cold Lake Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) discharged a service firearm, resulting in the death of a 28-year-old man.

On that day at about 6:38 p.m., RCMP received a call requesting police attend to a location on Township Road 622 between Range Roads 442 and 443. The caller reported that he had come upon a young woman on the road who reported that she had been assaulted by a man, who had also taken her vehicle keys before departing on foot, leaving the woman’s vehicle parked in the middle of the road. The woman spoke to police, provided the man’s name and indicated that while providing the man, who was known to her, a ride, he was acting strangely and began choking her dog, attempting to kill it. The woman indicated that she was able to exit the vehicle and remove her dog, but that the man had struck her. She stated to police that she believed the man may have consumed methamphetamine, and believed that he was not in possession of any weapons. The initial caller reported to police that the man was still in the area but had proceeded on foot down a cut line.

Two members of the Cold Lake RCMP responded to the call and requested en route that Police Dog Services (PDS) also be dispatched to the call. Before their arrival on the scene, the members were also informed that the man had an outstanding warrant and had been previously flagged for violence towards police.

At about 7:02 p.m., RCMP members arrived at the location, and following a track by the Police Service Dog (PSD), they located the man near a fenced oil company compound. A confrontation occurred between RCMP members, the PSD and the man, during which the PSD was stabbed and one RCMP member discharged his service firearm, striking the man. RCMP members provided first aid to the man and requested Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Upon their arrival, EMS assumed care of the man, but ultimately pronounced him dead at the scene of the incident. No RCMP members were injured during the confrontation, but the PSD sustained several stab wounds. A knife was recovered from the scene and has been seized as an exhibit.

As ASIRT’s investigation is underway, no further information will be released at this time.

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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Edmonton Oilers re-sign forward Kailer Yamamoto to one-year contract

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have extended the contract of forward Kailer Yamamoto by a year.

The Oilers and the 22-year-old from Spokane, Wash., agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.175 million.

Yamamoto compiled eight goals, 13 assists and 26 penalty minutes over 52 games for Edmonton last season.  

The five-foot-eight, 155-pound forward carried a plus-minus of nine through the season.

He led all Oiler forwards in blocked shots with 40, ranked fourth in average ice time (16.22 minutes) and was sixth in hits (52).

Yamamoto was a first-round pick (22nd overall) of the Oilers in 2017. 

He has a career 20 goals and 32 assists in 105 games for Edmonton.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2021.

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Alberta RCMP investigating deaths of mother and her toddler as homicides

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HINTON, Alta. — Alberta RCMP say its major crimes unit is investigating the deaths of a mother and her 16-month-old toddler as homicides. 

Mounties in Hinton, Alta., say the pair were reported missing on Thursday night from the community 290 kilometres west of Edmonton.

Police say the bodies of the mother and her child have since been found.

RCMP say a 53-year-old man was arrested Friday in Hinton and remains in custody.

There was no word on any charges.

Police say there is no risk to the public.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 17, 2021

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