UPDATE 2: Bluffton Shooting suspect arrested by Wetaskiwin/Camrose RCMP; “suspect fired a shot from what is believed to a small calibre firearm which struck the store clerk”

Ohaton, Alberta – The male identified as the suspect in an October 16 armed robbery in Bluffton was arrested by Wetaskiwin/Camrose RCMP following a track by Police Dog Services, on October 20.

Thanks to the public and Edmonton Police Service assistance, the male and female involved in the robbery were identified as of October 19. Charges were sworn against Brian Daniel Spence (28), and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

AT 10:15 a.m. on October 20, Wetaskiwin/Camrose RCMP became aware that Brian Spence was in a stolen vehicle near Ohaton, Alta. The stolen vehicle broke down and Spence fled on foot. Several RCMP resources were deployed to contain the area he was in, and to locate him. Police Dog Services (PDS) and the RCMP helicopter provided assistance.

Brian Daniel Spence - ARRESTED
(RCMP) Brian Daniel Spence – ARRESTED

A significant track by PDS led to the RCMP locating Spence hiding in an outbuilding on a farm property. A high risk arrest was conducted and he was taken into custody. At the time of his arrest, Spence was wanted as well on an arrest warrant issued for Killam Detachment.

The truck that Spence was travelling in was stolen from Vegreville on October 19.

For his actions connected to the armed robbery, Spence is facing six criminal charges including aggravated assault and robbery.

No charges have been laid against the 30-year-old female passenger associated to the robbery in Bluffton. RCMP are investigating the possibility that she may have been threatened and coerced into her participation. The investigation into that aspect of the robbery continues.

“I’m pleased that no one was hurt, and happy to see a swift resolution to this disturbing violent robbery” says Sergeant Pierre St-Cyr of the Rimbey RCMP Detachment. “We’re thankful for EPS assistance in the identification of the accused. The support and work provided by our units; Forensic Identification Section, General Investigation Section, Air Services, PDS, Wetaskiwin RCMP, Wetaskiwin Integrated Traffic and the Alberta Sheriffs Branch showcases the value in the partnership of our various units and agencies.”

BACKGROUND:

UPDATE #1

October 19, 2020

Rimbey RCMP investigating early morning shooting – Update – Suspect Identified

Bluffton, Alta. – A male suspect related to an armed robbery has been identified thanks to public assistance following a media release which was distributed on October 16, 2020.

An early morning armed robbery led the Rimbey RCMP to post photos with a request for public assistance. The involved car has been recovered in the city of Edmonton. The identified male, who has not been located, will be facing charges. The female passenger has also been identified.

This investigation continues and charges will be laid. The Rimbey RCMP thank the media and public for their assistance.

BACKGROUND:

October 16, 2020

Rimbey RCMP investigating early morning shooting

Bluffton, Alta. – At 6:20 a.m. today, Rimbey RCMP responded to a complaint of an armed robbery at the Bluffton City General Store. At 6:05 a.m., a male suspect failed to pay for his gas and grocery purchases. When confronted outside, the suspect fired a shot from what is believed to a small calibre firearm which struck the store clerk. The clerk was transported to a hospital with a non life-threatening injury.

Support units have deployed to assist in this investigation including the Forensic Identification Section and Police Dog Services.

The male suspect fled in a vehicle southbound. The vehicle appears to be a smaller, grey or silver sedan, with a sunroof, of an undetermined make and model.

The male is described as:

– Approx. 5’6” – 5”10 tall / slim

– Dark skin

– Short hair / no facial hair

– Wearing a black/blue parka with a fur trimmed hood, black pants, black shoes with a white stripe

It is believed that there was another person with long hair in the passenger seat of the vehicle.

Attached are preliminary photos of both the male suspect and the vehicle. If you have any information, please contact the Rimbey RCMP at 403-843-2224. If you see this male, he may be armed, don’t approach. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Rimbey RCMP



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