UPDATE: Suspect charged with Attempted Murder in Canmore Officer Involved Shooting on February 24, 2023

Canmore, Alberta – As a result of further investigation, Southern Alberta District General Investigation Section (GIS) have laid additional charges against Austin Desylva, as a result of the officer involved shooting which occurred on Feb. 24, 2023, in Canmore.

Attempted Murder
(File Photo) Attempted Murder

Desylva has been charged with:

Attempted murder with firearm

Discharging firearm with intent

Discharging firearm – recklessness (x3)

Prohibited or restricted firearm: with ammunition

Possession of weapon obtained by crime

Firearm or weapon: possession contrary to prohibition order

Flight from peace officer

Dangerous operation

Assaulting peace officer with weapon

Resisting or obstructing peace officer

Failing to comply with release order (x2)

Possession for the purpose if trafficking

Desylva remains in custody and will be appearing in Canmore Provincial Court on March 29, 2023.


Correction – Canmore RCMP, Canmore GIS and Canmore CRU (not COCHRANE). Sorry for the error.

Feb. 26, 2023

Alberta RCMP officer involved shooting in Canmore – Update

Canmore, Alta. – As a result of an investigation by Southern Alberta District General Investigation Section (GIS), Cochrane RCMP, Cochrane GIS and Cochrane Crime Reduction Unit, into the incidents leading up to the officer involved shooting, charges have been pursued.

Austin Desylva (27), a resident of Canmore, Alta., has been charged with the following offences:

Discharge a firearm with intent

Aggravated assault of a Peace Officer

After a Judicial Interim Hearing, Desylva was remanded into custody and will be appearing in Canmore Provincial Court on March 1, 2023. As this matter is now before the courts, no further information will be provided.

The investigation continues and further charges may be pursued. Canmore RCMP would like to thank members of the public that sheltered in place during this incident. As well, RCMP are encouraging area residents to report any property damage that may have occurred as a result of this incident.

Canmore RCMP

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