From Blackfalds RCMP and Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT)
RCMP investigate shots fired and vehicle pursuit
Blackfalds, Alta. – At 8:15 this morning, Blackfalds RCMP responded to a firearms complaint at a residence in Blackfalds. RCMP arrived at the residence, and more shots were fired outside of the residence towards the RCMP vehicles. An adult female, not related to the incident, suffered a gun shot wound.
The female has been transported to a hospital with serious injuries.
RCMP contained the area however the male involved fled in a vehicle. He was located travelling northbound on the QEII. RCMP deployed a tire deflation device and a brief pursuit followed. The vehicle crossed the median and continued travelling north in the southbound lane.
The vehicle came to a stop near Leduc and a confrontation occurred, resulting in the death of the 27-year-old male. During the incident, one RCMP officer suffered serious, non life-threatening injuries.
The Director of Law Enforcement has been notified and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the officer involved shooting and the actions of police. The RCMP will continue to investigate the events leading up to the final confrontation with police.
The Alberta RCMP will not be commenting further on this incident.
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Train Derailment south of Lacombe: 1 rail car leaked liquid asphalt
News Release from Blackfalds RCMP
Blackfalds RCMP advise of train derailment – Update
Blackfalds, Alta. – On July 2, 2021, at 8:15 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a 911 call of a train derailment along Highway 2A in Lacombe County.
Initial reports suggested a number of oil cars were leaking oil and possibly on fire. A nearby residence was evacuated as a precaution, and multiple emergency crews responded.
Emergency crews were able to determine that 23 train cars had derailed, four of which were carrying Tar Oil (liquid asphalt). Upon further inspection, only one of the cars was found to have a leak while the remaining were intact. No fires had started.
No injuries were reported and those evacuated were able to return home.
CP Rail and Lacombe County Emergency Management remain on scene and Highway 2A is expected to be blocked to traffic for several more hours while crews investigate and cleanup.
CP Rail Police has taken over this investigation.
RCMP crack firearms trafficking operation based in Blackfalds
From the Blackfalds RCMP
Blackfalds RCMP – Multi agency attack on firearms trafficking
A comprehensive investigation was initiated in January, and saw at least 11 different partnering detachments, units and agencies collaborating to stop an organized firearms straw buying/trafficking operation.
The investigation was launched by Blackfalds RCMP after receiving intelligence about the possibility of the trafficking. Extensive evidence had to be gathered which included the engagement of firearms partners; the Chief Firearms Officer, NWEST, Red Deer ALERT and Edmonton Police Service’s Firearms Investigation Unit. These units were able to provide expertise related to the dynamics of straw purchasing and trafficking.
Three suspects were identified and targeted in the ongoing investigation. On Feb. 12, search warrants were conducted at residences in both Red Deer and Blackfalds. Because there were two different locations, and given the nature of the searches, Blackfalds, Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Innisfail, Ponoka General Investigation Section Units and Red Deer Crime Reduction Team all provided assistance. The RCMP Police Dog Services and Emergency Response Team were also on hand to ensure police and public safety.
Three adults were taken into custody. During the execution of the search warrant, a loaded Glock .22 pistol was located with the three adults. 10 firearms and ammunition were seized from the residences. Some of the firearms were loaded, and had serial numbers tampered with. Continuing investigation led the RCMP to determine other firearms were purchased. The Blackfalds RCMP anticipate seizing two more pistols from a Calgary business.
David Jason Masyk (39), Jason Paul Lafferty (48) and Jennifer Lynn McCagherty (29) were all charged criminally on Feb. 13 related to firearms / firearms trafficking offences.
Lafferty is facing 25 charges, including four counts of firearms possession contrary to prohibition order. Masyk is facing 10 charges, including three counts of Weapons Trafficking and four counts of Weapons possession for the purpose of trafficking and McCagherty is facing 19 charges, including 10 counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm.
Judicial Interim Release hearings were held. Lafferty did not speak to bail and was remanded into custody until Feb. 17, 2021. Masyk and McCagherty were both released and are set to appear in Red Deer Provincial court on March 17, 2021.
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