Alberta RCMP Major Crimes investigate homicide after failed robbery attempt at Edson, Alberta business – UPDATED

Edson, Alberta – The Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit’s investigation into the Nov. 4, 2021, fatal shooting of 44-year-old Cordell MacLellan of Edson, has resulted in an arrest and charges.

Further investigation into the fatal shooting led Alberta RCMP Major Crimes to attempt the arrest of a 21-year-old male on Dec. 11, 2021, at 4:00 p.m., with the assistance of Edson RCMP; however, the male fled into a treed area north of Highway 16 and east of Highway 32. The suspect was contained awaiting additional resources from the RCMP Police Dog Service and the Alberta RCMP Emergency Response Team. As the Alberta RCMP Air Services was unavailable to assist, Edmonton Police Service Air 1 provided assistance. At approximately 6:40 p.m., the male was taken into custody by the Alberta RCMP Emergency Response Team.

Brent Michael Dumas (21) of Yellowhead County, Alta., is charged with:

· First degree murder

· Possession of a prohibited firearm

· Possession of a firearm contrary to order

· Assault with a weapon

Following a judicial hearing, Dumas was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Edson Provincial Court via CCTV on January 18, 2022.

In relation to the charge of Assault With a Weapon, a second employee, a 32-year-old male from Edson, was assaulted by the suspect during a physical altercation, that occurred after the shooting, while still inside the store.

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

Background:

Edson, Alberta – On Nov. 9, 2021 an autopsy was performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the manner of death has been deemed a homicide.

The Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit and Edson RCMP continue to investigate this incident to identify and apprehend the suspect.

An update will be provided at a later date, however no further details regarding the investigation can be released at this time.

If anyone has information relating to this incident that may assist in the investigation, please contact Edson RCMP at 780-723-8822 or your local police. 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.

BACKGROUND

Edson, Alberta – On Nov. 4, 2021 at 5:27 p.m., Edson RCMP responded to a report of a shooting at a business on 50 Street in Edson.

An unknown male suspect entered a business with a firearm and attempted to rob the business. During the interaction, the suspect discharged the firearm and injured an employee.

The suspect who was unsuccessful in the robbery attempt, fled the business leaving the firearm behind, and departed in a vehicle. The suspect vehicle was located a short distance away unoccupied.

RCMP Police Dog Services and the Forensic Identification Section were called in to assist.

Edson Alberta Homicide Investigation
Edson Alberta Homicide Investigation

An adult male sustained critical injuries as a result of the firearm being discharged. The male was taken to hospital by EMS however died as a result of his injuries.

Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit has taken over carriage of the investigation with the assistance of Edson RCMP.

An autopsy has been ordered by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and will be completed next week.

The investigation is ongoing.

Edson RCMP are asking for anyone with information relating to this incident that may assist in the investigation to please contact Edson RCMP at 780-723-8822 or your local police. 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.

Edson RCMP



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