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UPDATE – RCMP charge 25 year old Red Deer man with second degree murder

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Red Deer RCMP call in Major Crimes Unit to investigate incident – Update 3

The Red Deer RCMP and Major Crimes Unit can confirm Dustin Mitchell (Coats) was located today, Dec. 2. Mitchell has been arrested for second degree murder in the homicide of 34-year-old James Rufiange.

The Red Deer RCMP and Major Crimes Unit would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance. No further updates are to come.

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Red Deer RCMP call in Major Crimes Unit to investigate incident 

The Red Deer RCMP and Major Crimes Unit are asking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted male in relation to an homicide that occurred on Nov. 25, 2020.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Dustin Mitchell (Coats), age 25 of Red Deer, Alta.

Dustin Mitchell is described as;

  • Caucasian
  • 6 feet tall / 160 lbs
  • Brown hair and brown eyes
  • Tattoos: Still (under right eye) breathing (under left eye) and scroll writing on neck

Dustin’s current whereabouts are unknown and is believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached by the public. If located, you are asked to call 911 and provide the location.

Red Deer RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in identifying his whereabouts. Please contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or your local police. If you wish 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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Nov 26, 2020

At around 5 p.m. on Nov. 25, Red Deer RCMP attended a residence on Stewart Street, in the Sunnybrook neighbourhood. Upon investigation of the scene, a deceased adult was located and the Major Crimes Unit was called in to take carriage of the investigation.

The Red Deer RCMP and Major Crimes believe this to be an isolated incident, and have no further public safety concerns.

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Strathcona County RCMP arrest 2 after police pursuit – update

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Jan. 22, 2021

Strathcona County RCMP arrest 2 after police pursuit – update

Strathcona County, Alta. – Strathcona County RCMP have charged a male and female in relation to the firearms complaint and pursuit that occurred on Jan. 19, 2021.

Michael Patrick Hill (23) of Onion Lake, Sask. has been charged with:

  • Assault with a weapon
  • Dangerous operation of a vehicle
  • Flight from peace officer
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Operation of motor vehicle while prohibited
  • Possession of stolen property under $5000
  • Possession of stolen property over $5000
  • Fail to comply

A 21-year-old female from Onion Lake, Sask. has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle. She was released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on Mar. 17, 2021.

Michael Hill has been remanded into custody following a judicial hearing and is scheduled to appear in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on Jan. 27, 2021.

The officer taken to hospital was treated for minor injuries and released.

If you have any information about this occurrence, please contact the Strathcona County RCMP at 780-467-7741 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com (http://www.p3tips.com) or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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Bail hearing continues today for teen accused in Calgary officer’s hit-and-run death

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CALGARY — A bail hearing for a teen accused in the hit-and-run death of a Calgary police officer will continue today.

The hearing began Tuesday for the 18-year-old accused, who was 17 at the time of the offence on Dec. 31.

He has been charged with first-degree murder and cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Police have said Sgt. Andrew Harnett was hit and dragged while attempting to stop an SUV after noticing its plates didn’t match its registration.

Harnett died later in hospital.

Police allege the accused youth was driving the SUV and a 19-year-old man was a passenger in the vehicle.

The 19-year-old has also been charged with first-degree murder.

Prosecutor Doug Taylor told the court Tuesday that he plans seek an adult sentence for the youth if he’s convicted, which would be life in prison with no eligibility of parole for 10 years.

He later told reporters why the Crown is opposed to the suspect’s release.

“Simply put, the Crown’s position is that the young person ought to be detained for both the safety and the protection of the public and to maintain confidence in the administration of justice,” Taylor said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2021

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