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Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit arrest five with assistance from eyes in the sky

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East District, Alberta – On Oct. 9, 2018, RCMP members from the Elk Point Detachment, Cold Lake, Bonnyville Detachments along with Cold Lake Police Dog Services (PDS), and the Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit (EADRCRU) were involved in a pursuit that spanned through Fishing Lake, Frog Lake, Bonnyville County, Elizabeth Metis Settlement, and briefly into Saskatchewan. RCMP Air Services were also utilized which was crucial in bringing the pursuit to an end without injuries.

“All RCMP members involved in this incident used teamwork and co-ordination to bring a safe resolution to the pursuit,” says Constable Guillaume Wilson (EADRCRU).  “They demonstrated a high level of professionalism despite the dangers they faced and the intensity of the situation.”

This incident started on the morning of Oct. 9, 2018 when multiple detachments conducted a joint operation to apprehend a male wanted on several outstanding warrants for serious offences. While in Fishing Lake, police believed they spotted the male inside a vehicle that failed to stop for police and fled at high speed. A pursuit was initiated which went through Fishing Lake, Frog Lake, a section of Bonnyville County, and into the Elizabeth Metis Settlement. Once inside the Elizabeth Metis Settlement, the suspect vehicle was able to evade police after striking the windshield of a police vehicle with a metal pipe.

Police believed the suspect vehicle was hiding in an area along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and were able to contain this area with the help of the Saskatchewan RCMP until Alberta RCMP Air Services could arrive.

“Many people believe that crossing provincial lines will force us to cease efforts to apprehend them, but this is certainly not the case” says Constable Guillaume Wilson. “We are Canada’s police force and provincial borders will not prevent us from stopping criminals and keeping Canadians safe.”

Air Services located the suspect vehicle in a trail system along the Alberta/ Saskatchewan border and police vehicles on the ground quickly surrounded the area. This led to members successfully deflating one of the fleeing vehicle’s tires with a spike belt. Following this, EADRCRU and Cold Lake PDS re-engaged the suspect vehicle in a pursuit which led them through the Elizabeth Metis Settlement again until the fleeing vehicle was no longer able to continue and its occupants fled on foot.

All occupants were quickly arrested and taken into custody without incident. The vehicle used in this incident was later confirmed to be stolen.

Desmond Spence (18) and Cody Spence (19) of Edmonton were charged with multiple Criminal Code offences which include:

  • Assault on a police officer with a weapon
  • Flight from police
  • Resisting a peace officer
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Failing to comply with a probation order

Both were remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and are scheduled to appear in Lac La Biche Provincial Court via CCTV on Oct. 15, 2018.

A 16-year-old male from Cold Lake, a 17-year-old female from Frog Lake, and a 14-year-old female from Elizabeth Metis Settlement, all of whom cannot be named due to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act were charged with multiple Criminal Code offences which include:

  • Assault on a police officer with a weapon
  • Resisting a peace officer
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Flight from police

The 16-year-old male and 14-year-old female are also facing charges for failing to comply with conditions.

All youth were released on conditions after a judicial hearing and are scheduled to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on Oct. 24, 2018.

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Update 3: Police arrest 2 suspects in shooting at Parkland Mall

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July 8, 2020

Red Deer RCMP respond to shooting – Update #3 – Suspects Arrested

Yesterday two suspects connected to the shooting at Parkland Mall on June 30 were arrested.

Thirty-one-year-old Casey Cousins was arrested in Calgary with the assistance of Calgary Police Service. Twenty-three-year-old Jacob Doubt was arrested in Vanderhoof, BC with the assistance of BC RCMP. Both Cousins and Doubt are from Calgary.

Cousins and Doubt each face charges including attempted murder with a firearm, multiple firearms related charges, possession of a stolen vehicle, and failing to comply with release orders.

Red Deer RCMP are still working to identify other individuals that may have been involved.

If you have any information in relation to this incident, please contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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June 29, 2020

Red Deer RCMP respond to shooting – Update #2 6:45 PM

Red Deer, Alta. – The vehicle connected to this morning’s shooting at Parkland Mall has been located in Calgary and was seized by Calgary Police Service. The suspects remain at large.16

More information to come.

Update Monday 3:41 PM

Red Deer RCMP respond to shooting – Update #1

Red Deer RCMP continue to search for the vehicle and suspects connected to this morning’s shooting at Parkland Mall.

RCMP believe this vehicle was stolen out of Blackfalds on June 25, and police would like to clarify that it is a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, white with black rims and tinted windows and tail lights. Another photo is attached.

The shooting appears to be targeted and was not random.

Red Deer RCMP respond to shooting

Red Deer, Alta. – At 11:32 a.m. this morning, Red Deer RCMP responded to a shooting that happened outside Parkland Mall.

One male was injured and was transported to hospital.

RCMP are looking for the suspects who are believed to be driving a stolen 2016 white Jeep Cherokee with black rims. Photo included. There appears to be three or four males in the vehicle.

If you see this vehicle you are asked to call 9-1-1.

 

 

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Alberta RCMP Officer attacked with own baton

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Cold Lake RCMP officer recovering after aggravated assault

A 44-year-old male is in custody in Cold Lake following yesterday’s violent attack on the RCMP officer trying to effect his arrest.

At 5:30 p.m., Cold Lake RCMP located a stolen vehicle in the Walmart parking lot and the responding officer made an effort to deal with the vehicle and arrest the male who was believed to be responsible.  The male allegedly assaulted the RCMP member by punching the member in the head.  The RCMP member’s baton was taken by the male and the member was struck in the head numerous times with the baton.

The male fled on foot with the RCMP baton. The male smashed the window of a different, occupied vehicle in an unsuccessful attempt to steal it.  He then threatened another driver with a knife and the baton and fled southbound on Highway 28 in the newly stolen Trailblazer.

Cold Lake RCMP initiated a pursuit and managed to cause the stolen Trailblazer to become disabled.  The male was arrested on scene without further incident.  The RCMP baton was recovered in the vehicle.

The RCMP member has been treated at the hospital for non life-threatening, but serious injuries and is recovering at home.

The male remains in police custody and will be facing charges as this investigation continues. An update will be provided when available.

“I want to thank the community members who came forward to assist our RCMP member and to provide valuable witness evidence in relation to this terrible incident” says Sergeant Ryan Howrish of the Cold Lake RCMP.  “An incident like this highlights the unpredictable and dangerous situations we face on a daily basis.”

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