UPDATE: Cold Lake RCMP officer recovering after aggravated assault, charges laid

Cold Lake, Alberta – Charges have been laid against Travis Peter Slipchuk (44) of Bonnyville, Alta. in the recent assault against a Cold Lake RCMP member.

As a result of an incident which occurred on July 7th in a parking lot in Cold Lake, Slipchuk is facing 24 criminal code charges including: attempted murder, theft/attempted theft of a weapon from a peace officer (x2), assault with a weapon, theft of vehicle (x4), fail to comply with a probation order (x2) and fail to comply with a release order, et al.

Following a bail hearing, Slipchuk has been remanded into custody. He is next scheduled to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on July 22, 2020.

The investigation into this incident continues with the assistance of the RCMP Major Crimes Unit. No further reporting is anticipated.

BACKGROUND REPORT:

Cold Lake, Alberta – A 44-year-old male is in custody in Cold Lake following yesterday’s violent attack on the RCMP officer trying to effect his arrest.

At 5:30 p.m., Cold Lake RCMP located a stolen vehicle in the Walmart parking lot and the responding officer made an effort to deal with the vehicle and arrest the male who was believed to be responsible. The male allegedly assaulted the RCMP member by punching the member in the head. The RCMP member’s baton was taken by the male and the member was struck in the head numerous times with the baton.

RCMP Patch
File Photo – RCMP Patch

The male fled on foot with the RCMP baton. The male smashed the window of a different, occupied vehicle in an unsuccessful attempt to steal it. He then threatened another driver with a knife and the baton and fled southbound on Highway 28 in the newly stolen Trailblazer.
Cold Lake RCMP initiated a pursuit and managed to cause the stolen Trailblazer to become disabled. The male was arrested on scene without further incident. The RCMP baton was recovered in the vehicle.

The RCMP member has been treated at the hospital for non life-threatening, but serious injuries and is recovering at home.

The male remains in police custody and will be facing charges as this investigation continues. An update will be provided when available.

“I want to thank the community members who came forward to assist our RCMP member and to provide valuable witness evidence in relation to this terrible incident” says Sergeant Ryan Howrish of the Cold Lake RCMP. “An incident like this highlights the unpredictable and dangerous situations we face on a daily basis.”

Cold Lake RCMP



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