Clayton Ness and Jake MacIntyre charged in connection with Whitecourt sheriff shooting
Two men are facing multiple charges after allegedly shooting a Whitecourt sheriff and escaping police custody in a stolen sheriff’s van on Tuesday.
The shooting occurred just before noon while the two men were making their first court appearance after a drug bust last week.
There was a scuffle in a hallway and witnesses heard two or three shots.
After the shooting, the two suspects fled the courthouse in a sheriff’s van. The van and the suspects were found by police at a farmhouse about ten kilometres south of Whitecourt.
Clayton Ness, 29-years old of Whitecourt, has been charged with robbery with a firearm, two counts of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, escaping lawful custody and numerous other charges.
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Jake MacIntyre, a 22-year old from Whitecourt, is facing charges including robbery with a firearm, two counts of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, escaping lawful custody and a number of other charges.
The sheriff who was shot and injured in the incident was taken to hospital and is expected to recover.
Sergeant Josee Valiquette of the RCMP says the two accused have been remanded in custody and will appear in Whitecourt Provincial Court on Tuesday, Mar. 12.
Charges against Clayton Ness and Jake MacIntyre have not been proven in a court of law.
With files from the Canadian Press.