UPDATE 3: Strathcona County RCMP respond to explosions

Strathcona County, Alberta – The RCMP Major Crime Unit can now advise that two explosions took place on the lower level of the Strathcona Community Centre parkade though only the first explosion was deliberate. The initial explosion damaged multiple nearby vehicles and, as a result, the gas tank of one of the vehicles caught fire and a secondary explosion occurred.

Following the initial explosion, the suspect returned to his vehicle and suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and later died in hospital.

Several items have been seized and a forensic examination to determine what type of explosive was used will be carried out. RCMP will not speculate on what was used. This examination is expected to take several weeks.

An examination of the suspect vehicle led to the seizure of multiple firearms. No additional explosives were found in his vehicle or any other vehicles.

The RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit and Special Tactical Operations spent three days searching the buildings and surrounding area for additional threats to public safety. No additional threats were located.

At this time, no specific motives have been identified and RCMP continue investigate reasons as to why this event occurred. This act appears to have been carried out by one suspect and police are not currently seeking any additional suspects.

The Kosolowsky family has cooperated fully with the RCMP investigation and our thoughts are with them as they also search for answers.

We would like to thank the citizens of Strathcona County who were in the area for evacuating without hesitation when requested by police and emergency personnel and staying out the area while we completed our investigation.

The RCMP Major Crime Unit have now returned control of the parkade to Strathcona County. Police remain on scene providing assistance with security.

A further update will be provided when forensic examinations are completed.

Background:

Nov. 8, 2018

Strathcona County RCMP respond to fire – Update 2

Strathcona County, Alberta – The RCMP Major Crime Unit can now advise the deceased male suspect involved in this investigation was 21-year-old Kane Kosolowsky and this was a singular event.

Today an autopsy was conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton and the manner of death was deemed to be a gunshot wound. No further suspects are being sought.

The Strathcona Community Centre parkade will remain secured by police but roadblocks surrounding the area will be removed shortly.

The area outside of the parkade has been deemed safe by the Explosive Disposal Unit and RCMP Special Tactical Operations unit. Strathcona County has elected to keep the Community Hall closed to the general public at this time.

Further investigation around the explosions inside the parkade area is anticipated to take several days.

The RCMP continues to investigate the motive for this crime and can advise there was no known threat to any schools in the surrounding areas.

RCMP would like to thank the public for their cooperation in avoiding the area to give us space to do our work. We ask the public to refrain from speculating on the incident as we will share information as it is confirmed.

Background:

Nov. 7, 2018

Strathcona County RCMP respond to fire – Update

Strathcona County, Alberta – RCMP can confirm that on Nov. 6. 2018, at approximately 6:30 p.m., there was a report of fire in the Strathcona Community Centre.

Police and emergency personnel responded and an evacuation of the Centre and surrounding areas commenced.

Further investigation revealed that an explosion in the parkade had occurred prior to the response and police immediately secured the area. A suspect male was located in a vehicle at the parkade. He was transported to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries that were not related to police interaction.

Due to the explosion and potential for further suspects, the Emergency Response Team (ERT) along with the Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) were called in to assist.

At approximately 8:15 p.m., there was a second explosion in the parkade while members were in close proximity. The cause and origin of these explosions is still under investigation. No one was injured.

The EDU team will remain on scene and the area secured until they are able to determine the cause of the explosion and ensure there are no other potential threats.

The RCMP Major Crime Unit from Edmonton has taken carriage of the investigation at this time and are working with all supportive units.

Police are not looking for any further suspects and do not believe there is any danger to the public.

RCMP will not be releasing the name of the deceased as the investigation continues.

Background:

Nov. 6, 2018

Strathcona County RCMP respond to fire

Strathcona County, Alberta – Strathcona County RCMP and Emergency personnel are currently on scene of a fire at the Strathcona County Community Centre, County Hall and Library complex area in Sherwood Park.

Roads around the area have been blocked off due to further investigation surrounding this incident.

Police are asking the public to stay away from the area due to safety concerns.

Further information is not available at this time.

Strathcona County RCMP



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