Alberta RCMP officer involved shooting in Wheatland County

Wheatland County, Alberta – On Feb. 12, 2023, at approximately 2:15 p.m., Airdrie Rural RCMP received a call from Calgary Police Service to assist in locating a vehicle which had been driving erratically. An RCMP officer located the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled and the pursuit was terminated. A Calgary Police Service helicopter maintained visual contact with the suspect vehicle and advised that it was travelling at high speed, sometimes in the oncoming lanes. An RCMP officer successfully deployed a tire deflation device, stopping the suspect vehicle near the intersection of Highway 564 and Range Road 245, in Wheatland County. The officer attempted to arrest the driver, who was the lone occupant. An altercation occurred which resulted in the officer discharging their firearm. The driver, a 37-year-old female resident of Calgary, has been transported via STARS to a Calgary hospital with gunshot injuries. No officers were physically injured during this incident.

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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.

Alberta RCMP

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