One of the RCMP Red Deer Emergency Response Team members who was injured in a shoot out near Breton on Sunday morning has been released from hospital and is recovering from his injuries. The second RCMP officer who was shot during the incident is still in hospital, suffering from non life-threatening injuries.
Police were originally called to a rural home 18 Km west of Breton on Saturday at 5:20 p.m., after a 35 year old man was shot outside the home. The man received non life-threatening injuries. The RCMP Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services, General Detachment members and the Edmonton City Police armoured vehicle were called to the home. When they arrived, police immediately secured the perimeter of the home and evacuated neighbours from nearby homes.
Sergeant Tim Taniguchi of the RCMP says that “at approximately 3:30 AM on Sunday morning, an incident occurred where there was an exchange of gun fire between police and unknown individuals from the residence. As a result, two RCMP Emergency Response Team members were shot. The two injured ERT members were transported via STARS to Edmonton Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. RCMP held containment on the residence and attempted to negotiate with the unknown persons inside the residence”.
Later in the morning, at about 10:45 a.m., a man and a woman who were inside the home were taken into custody. Both were injured and taken to hospital to receive treatment. The woman has since been released from hospital care, but is now in police custody while the man remains in hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Police are still at the scene of the shooting which is now being examined and processed by the Edmonton Forensic Identification Section. Edmonton Major Crime, Breton RCMP, Thorsby RCMP, Leduc RCMP and Leduc GIS are all assisting in the investigation.
Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been called to examine the circumstances and police action with respect to the exchange of gunfire between the police and the suspects.
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