ASIRT investigating officer-involved shooting, 2 suspects in custody following standoff

EDMONTON — The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating after an officer-involved shooting took place on Saturday in Parkland County.

EPS responded to a reports of a stolen vehicle on Saturday afternoon around 12:05. The suspects involved in the incident were still on scene at a property near 218 Street and Stony Plain Road, according to police.

“As the EPS cruiser approached the stolen vehicle, the suspect vehicle rammed the EPS vehicle, before entering into a criminal flight at a high rate of speed travelling west of the city,” said EPS in a news release.

EPS followed the vehicle, eventually it turned west towards Enoch Cree Nation on Highway 628 and came to a stop. Police said the people inside the vehicle got out and “shots were exchanged between the suspects and the EPS member.”

The suspects then got back into the stolen vehicle and fled, but rolled the vehicle and trailer into a ditch and fled on foot into a nearby farmer’s field.

Mounties said in a tweet at 2 p.m. that armed suspects were at large and encouraged residents to stay in their homes or shelter in place. 

EPS

An Edmonton Police Service cruiser seen leaving the police containment area near the active incident (CTV News Edmonton)

The alert was in effect until 4:24 p.m. when officials said there was no longer a danger to the public and that two suspects were in police custody.

Officials told CTV News Edmonton that while an alert was originally issued for two suspects, there were three suspects.

EPS and RCMP searched the area with drones and an Air 1 helicopter. Two suspects were found in a treed area and arrested.

Active shooter

Police formed a perimeter around what they described as a “containment area” on Saturday during an incident involving armed suspects in Parkland County, Alta. (CTV News Edmonton)

RCMP said no officers were hurt during the standoff.

One suspect was injured during the incident and was taken to hospital by EMS with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The other was taken to hospital for precautionary reasons, according to EPS.

Highway 628 between Highway 60 and Range Road 264 will be closed for the remainder of the day as police continue their investigation. 

EPS said the names of the two people arrested and their charges would be announced once charges are sworn before a Justice.

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