Sunchild / O’Chiese First Nation, Alberta – Over a period of three days, Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to three different incidents involving guns, a pursuit and threats. Two of the incidents have been cleared with charges and one remains under active investigation.
Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m. the RCMP were dispatched to a disturbance in progress at the O’Chiese First Nation. A male was alleged to be smashing up a residence and threatening to kill neighbours.
Responding members contained the residence and negotiated with the suspect male to exit. The male came out armed with a knife and began walking towards and threatening the RCMP members. He alternated between being outside and inside, and threatening to shoot the police. At one point he exited the residence with an object wrapped in a blanket, which he pointed at police. Eventually, he complied with directions, dropped the object, which turned out to be a cane, and after a brief struggle, was taken into custody.
Rodney Wayne Strawberry (31) is facing eight criminal charges as a result of this incident, including assault police officer with a weapon.
Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m., the RCMP responded to a complaint of a shot fired outside a residence on the Sunchild First Nation. No one was injured, and the suspects fled in a vehicle which was known to the RCMP.
Several responding units contained the area and located the suspect vehicle. A traffic stop was attempted but the vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated. Police Dog Services (PDS) and the Emergency Response Team (ERT) were both deployed. Drayton Valley RCMP provided resources to assist. During the pursuit, a firearm was discharged towards the police. A tire deflation device was successful in stopping the vehicle. Multiple occupants of the vehicle fled on foot into the woods. The area was contained for the arrival of PDS and ERT. Three suspects surrendered to the RCMP prior to ERT arrival, and following a PDS/ERT track – two males were located and arrested. Firearms were recovered and seized by the RCMP.
Elliott John Lagrelle (38), Evan Redcalf (26), Sonya Lynn Chipaway (20), Livia Eaglestar Goodrunning (26) and Seth Lagrelle (18) are jointly facing six criminal charges. Elliott Lagrelle is facing a further seven charges including fail to comply with conditions of an undertaking and assault with a weapon against a police officer. Evan Redcalf is facing four further charges, and Sonya Chipaway charged with uttering death threats.
It is very fortunate that no one involved; neither the original complainant, the police nor the accused, was injured throughout these events.
Dec. 19 at 4:55 a.m., Rocky Mountain House responded to assist with a male at a residence on the Sunchild First Nation. The male, who was outside of the residence and suffering from a gunshot wound was transported to the hospital. An investigation was launched, with assistance from the General Investigation Section (GIS).
The male remains in hospital and the RCMP continue to investigate this occurrence. Active soliciting of witness information is underway.
“The Rocky Mountain House RCMP is striving to work with O’Chiese and Sunchild First Nations in an effort to restore community safety” says Staff Sergeant Carl Dinsdale of Rocky Mountain House RCMP. “I recognize that these incidents are wearing on the spirit of both the communities and our Members. The leaders and Elders from both Sunchild and O’Chiese First Nations, as well as the Rocky Mountain House RCMP, are extremely concerned about the rise in violent crime. We intend to remain diligent in our escalated efforts to suppress the crime that has been happening. It is vitally important that the communities support and assist the police with these investigations by coming forward with any information they might have.”
If you have information about the above investigations, or any other crimes or suspicious activities, please contact the Rocky Mountain RCMP at 403-845-2881.
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