Wetaskiwin RCMP respond to complaint of an armed male on Alberta Highway 2A – UPDATED

Wetaskiwin,  Alta. – Wetaskiwin RCMP’s investigation into the Sept. 10, 2021, complaint involving a report of a male carrying a firearm on Highway 2A has resulted in charges.

Following the incident, Wetaskiwin RCMP transported the male to hospital to be treated for minor injuries. While in hospital, he attempted to escape, was combative towards officers and assaulted one of the police officers by biting them. The male was not injured during this interaction. Due to concerns for his well being, he continues to remain in the care of hospital.

As a result of this investigation, Abraham Harvey Whitebear (35) of Maskwacis, Ermineskin, First Nations, Alta., has been charged with the following:

  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Obstructing a Peace Officer
  • Assault Peace Officer (related to the incident in the hospital)
  • Unlawfully at large (related to attempt to flee from custody)

As Whitebear is not in police custody, no court date has been set at this time.

As this matter is now before the courts, no further details will be provided.

BACKGROUND

Wetaskiwin, Alberta – (10-Sept-2021 7:33 PM) On Sept. 10, 2021, at approximately 11:45 a.m., Wetaskiwin RCMP responded to a complaint of a male carrying a firearm while walking southbound on Highway 2A, approximately 1.5 km south of Wetaskiwin.

Wetaskiwin RCMP, with the assistance of RCMP Police Dog Services, responded to the area and quickly located a lone male walking with a firearm. As the suspect was not following police verbal commands to drop the firearm, for public and police safety, a police vehicle was used to disarm the male. A 35-year-old male was subsequently taken into custody. On-scene officers provided medical assistance, and the male was then transported to a local area hospital via ground ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. No officers were injured as a result of this incident.

Wetaskiwin RCMP continue to investigate this incident with the assistance of an RCMP Collision Reconstructionist who remains on scene.

Highway 2A
Highway 2A

Southbound traffic on Highway 2A, approximately 1.5 km south of Wetaskiwin, is being diverted and this is expected to continue for several hours. Motorists are being asked to avoid the area or take alternate routes.

No further details are available at this time.

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. This is why, when we become aware of a situation that requires review, we immediately initiate internal processes to look at the totality of the incident, including the actions of the RCMP, the use of force during the incident, and the duty status of the members. This incident was reported to the Director of Law Enforcement of Alberta and was deemed to be in-scope; however, although determined to be in scope, ASIRT will not be conducting an investigation. This incident will be reviewed by an RCMP internal review process.

Wetaskiwin RCMP

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