Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alberta – On Aug. 8, 2022, at 7:27 a.m., St. Paul RCMP were making efforts to apprehend two individuals who were suspects in several ongoing police investigations. The two suspects were believed to be on Saddle Lake Cree Nation.
St. Paul RCMP located the two suspects in the area of Saddle Lake Cree Nation and an interaction occurred, ultimately leading to a confrontation between police and the suspects that resulted in officers discharging their service weapons in the Smoky Lake area..
One suspect is deceased and the second suspect has been transported to hospital in critical condition. No RCMP officers have reported physical injuries as a result of this incident.
A substantial number of resources were deployed to a large geographical area to provide supports and manage risk to the public throughout this investigation.
St. Paul RCMP continue their original investigations.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has taken over carriage of the investigation into the circumstances of the officer involved shooting.
The Alberta 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, as soon as we became aware of this incident, we immediately notified the Director of Law Enforcement and initiated our internal review process.
Independent of ASIRT’s investigation, the Alberta RCMP’s internal review process has been implemented to gather a full account of what took place during this incident. RCMP training, policy, police response, and the duty status of the members involved will be subject to review. The Alberta 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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