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RCMP release more details on shooting death of home invader

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News Release from Blackfalds RCMP

Blackfalds RCMP investigate shooting – **UPDATE 3**

Due to public interest generated by the recent shooting in Red Deer County, Blackfalds RCMP would like to provide more context as to the occurrences that led-up to the fatal incident.

On July 30, 2021, at 9:01 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP were dispatched to a report of a suspicious male wandering around a property near Blackfalds, Alta. The male was banging on the side of the house, scaring the occupants. They located the male who said he was looking for the former owner of the property. After speaking to involved parties, the male was transported back to Red Deer and warned, if he returned to the property, he would face charges.

On July 31, 2021, at 5:03 a.m., Blackfalds RCMP were dispatched back to the same address. The same male had returned and was banging on bedroom windows and attempted to gain entry through a door. The male was arrested for mischief and released from police custody in Red Deer on conditions, and with a court appearance to attend court on Sept., 17, 2021.

On Aug. 2, 2021, the shooting occurred at 3:07 p.m. Blackfalds RCMP were dispatched to the property at 3:11 p.m. and arrived on scene at 3:20 p.m.

 

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Aug. 6, 2021

Blackfalds RCMP investigate shooting – **UPDATE 2**

The RCMP’s Major Crime’s Unit has completed the investigation into the incident that occurred near Blackfalds, Alta. on Aug. 2, 2021.  After consultation with the Crown Prosecutor’s Office, the decision was made that charges will not be laid.

As the substantive investigation is complete, the following details can now be shared: on Aug. 2, 2021, at 3:11 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP were dispatched to a break and enter in progress.  As officers were en route, updates were received that one male was injured and bleeding, and another had been shot. Officers arrived on scene and found the homeowner was suffering from injuries, and there was a deceased male in the residence with a gunshot wound. Witnesses reported that the homeowner had arrived home and found the deceased sleeping in the residence.  A confrontation then occurred in which the deceased struck the homeowner numerous times with a baseball bat. During the attack, the homeowner was able to retrieve a firearm and shot the deceased one time.

 

August 3, 2021

Blackfalds RCMP investigate shooting – **UPDATE**

The RCMP Major Crime’s Unit is continuing with the investigation including examination of the scene with the RCMP Forensic Identification Services and interviewing witnesses. The initial investigation has indicated that the deceased broke into the residence and an altercation occurred with the homeowner. The homeowner was treated for injuries he sustained and has been released from the hospital.

The investigation is in the early stages. No charges have been laid at this time.  Further updates will be provided when further details can be shared.

 

August 2, 2021

Blackfalds RCMP investigate shooting

On August 2, 2021, at 3:11 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a complaint of a residential break and enter in progress off of C & E Trail in Red Deer County. Upon arrival, police discovered that the homeowner had sustained injuries and another male in the residence had sustained a gunshot wound. EMS attended and pronounced the male with the gunshot wound as deceased. The homeowner was transported to the hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

RCMP Major Crimes Unit has been called in and has taken over the investigation.

There is no ongoing danger to the public.

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Male suspect involved in tragic incident between Beaumont and Edmonton sought by police; EPS release photos of suspect

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News release from the Edmonton Police Service (EPS)

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is assisting the RCMP with the investigation into a tragic incident that claimed the life of an innocent woman last night on 50 Street.

Yesterday, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at approximately 9:40 p.m. various EPS resources were deployed to the area of 50 Street and 22 Avenue SW at the request of the RCMP. It was reported to police that RCMP attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a suspicious U-Haul in Beaumont, when the vehicle fled. The U-Haul subsequently travelled north on 50 Street into Edmonton, where it struck and killed a woman inspecting the exterior of her vehicle. Moments later the U-Haul came to rest just outside a gas station off of 22 Avenue and 50 Street.

After crashing the U-Haul, the male suspect then reportedly stole a Honda Civic that was parked outside the gas station with a child inside. Police did consider an Alert to the public at the time, though thankfully the child was located unharmed in the area of 66 Street and 25 Avenue minutes later. The suspect then fled the scene in the Honda Civic. The stolen vehicle has since been recovered outside of Edmonton.

The EPS and RCMP continue to actively seek the identity and whereabouts of the male suspect described as being approximately 5’11” who was last seen wearing a black hoodie with white text on the front, brown shorts and black shoes. CCTV photos of the suspect are included below.

“We are incredibly saddened to hear about the tragic death of the innocent woman who was killed on 50 Street,” says Det. Nigel Phillips with the EPS Investigative Response Team. “Our hearts are with her family and friends who will now have to carry on with this unfathomable loss.”

“We are doing everything we can to track down the suspect and we trust the public will help us identify and locate him as soon as possible.”

Assist to identify and locate: Male suspect running in area of 50 Street & 22 Avenue SW
While the RCMP is leading this investigation, the EPS is assisting and working collaboratively with its law enforcement partners.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity and/or their whereabouts is asked to contact the EPS immediately at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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Suspect in stolen vehicle kills one and seriously injures another in wild chase

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News release from Beaumont RCMP

Beaumont RCMP seeking public assistance in locating suspect in fatal collision

On Feb. 24, 2024, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Beaumont RCMP located a person suspected of theft, in a parked 15-foot cube moving truck, at a business on 50 Street in Beaumont. When members approached the truck and attempted an arrest, one male driver and one female passenger rammed into a police vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Patrols were initiated to find the truck and, a short time later, it was observed on 50 Street and Highway 814 in Beaumont at a high rate of speed.

Meanwhile, Edmonton Police Service’s (EPS) Air One Helicopter was notified and provided its location to RCMP members. Multiple surrounding RCMP detachments, including Leduc and Strathcona, responded to assist. As the truck was driving into Edmonton, a tire deflation device was deployed by RCMP, disabling multiple civilian vehicles. Consequently, an adult female exited one of the civilian vehicles and was fatally struck by the suspect truck. The truck failed to stop and continued driving into Edmonton.

The suspect vehicle then collided with another civilian vehicle, leaving an adult male in serious non-life-threatening condition. The truck was located at 50 Street and 22 Avenue in Southwest Edmonton.

Further investigation revealed that the driver of the truck, an adult male, then proceeded to steal a parked 2020 Honda Civic at a nearby convenience store. This vehicle contained a child who was safely recovered and reunited with his family a short time later. The male suspect has yet to be located.

No other members of the public or officers were injured during this incident.

“On behalf of the RCMP, I would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the family members of the victim,” said Superintendent Leanne MacMillian, Assistant Central Alberta District Officer. “This is a devastating incident that will leave a mark on family and friends for years to come. Please understand that you will be in our thoughts as we progress through this investigation.”

In compliance with legislative requirements, the Director of Law Enforcement was immediately notified causing the deployment of ASIRT to conduct an independent investigation. The RCMP believes in accountability and transparency and in so doing will provide full support to the ASIRT investigators and also conduct its own internal review.  Events like this are difficult for the communities in which they occur, as well as the general public and RCMP officers involved. RCMP officers recognize the trust placed in them to use force that is necessary, proportional and reasonable and in so doing remain fully accountable.

The RCMP are actively investigating this occurrence and are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a stolen, dark grey 4-door Honda Civic with Alberta license place E98-099. The vehicle was stolen by a male suspect described as being approximately 5’11’’ and was last seen wearing a black hoodie with white text on the front, brown shorts and black shoes.

If you have any information about this crime or those responsible, you are asked to contact the Beaumont RCMP at 780-929-7400. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1‐800‐222‐8477 (TIPS), by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

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