Cold Lake, Alta. – On Jan. 11, 2020, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Cold Lake RCMP received a call of a break and enter in progress in an industrial area in Cold Lake South.
A Cold Lake RCMP member already in the area attended the location and a confrontation occurred between the officer and two individuals in a car. During the confrontation, events occurred that led to the officer firing his service pistol. The suspect vehicle stopped and the RCMP member, along with an additional Cold Lake RCMP member that had subsequently arrived at the scene, arrested both occupants of the vehicle who surrendered to police. The 26-year-old driver sustained a gunshot wound to his lower leg. He was transported to hospital, treated and released into police custody. The 46-year-old female passenger was not injured and remains in police custody.
No officers were injured and no other civilians were directly involved in this incident.
The marked police vehicle was equipped with the Watchguard in-car video recording system, which was operational.
The Director of Law Enforcement has been notified and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the officer involved shooting and the actions of police. The RCMP will continue to investigate the break-in and the events leading up to the confrontation with police.
The Alberta RCMP will not be commenting further on this incident. All media inquiries about this incident should now be directed to ASIRT at 780-641-9099.