Alberta RCMP officer involved shooting in Cold Lake – UPDATED

Cold Lake, Alberta – Cold Lake RCMP have charged one male in relation to an incident that occurred on Jan. 22, 2020 in Cold Lake, Alta. A female who was also taken into custody has been released without charges.

Police determined the vehicle involved had been reported stolen.

Wyatt James Will Whitford (24) of Bonnyville, Alta., is facing the following charges:

Flight from Police

Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle

Assault with a weapon on a police officer

Resisting arrest

Mischief (x2)

Possession of stolen property

Fail to comply (x5)

Possession of a controlled substance

Wyatt Whitford has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on Jan. 27, 2021.

RCMP’s Eastern Alberta District General Investigation Section has taken carriage of this ongoing break and enter investigation. No further media updates are anticipated.

BACKGROUND

Cold Lake, Alberta – This morning at approximately 10:10 a.m., Cold Lake RCMP responded to a break and enter in progress, west of Ardmore, Alta. Upon police arrival an interaction occurred resulting in a police officer discharging their service firearm. The vehicle fled the area but was located a short distance away. Two suspects were subsequently arrested and are in police custody. There were no injuries as a result of this incident.

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Emergency Medical Services attended the scene. The Director of Law Enforcement was notified and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.

This break and enter investigation is ongoing with Cold Lake RCMP.

The RCMP believes in processes that seek the facts and it’s important that processes taken to assess the actions of all those involved, including the police, are fair, transparent, and defendable.

The RCMP’s internal review process, in conjunction with the ASIRT process, has been implemented to gather a full account of what took place during this incident. RCMP training, policy, police response, and the member’s duty status will be subject to review. The RCMP is, of course, fully cooperating with ASIRT and will not be commenting further on this incident. All media inquiries about this incident should now be directed to ASIRT at 780-641-9099.

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