Update Dec. 30 2:27 p.m.
RCMP say the man, 32, who was suspected of ramming a police truck has died from his injuries after a confrontation with police. Police recovered a replica handgun from the snow outside of the driver’s door of the suspect vehicle.
Earlier on Dec. 29 Killam RCMP officers were involved in an attempted traffic stop of a vehicle during which the vehicle rammed a marked RCMP vehicle twice and engaged in criminal flight. RCMP terminated the pursuit and the driver and the vehicle evaded apprehension.
At about 5:20 p.m., RCMP officers located what was believed to be the same vehicle being operated near the intersection of Hwy 13 and 41, and a pursuit ensued westbound on Hwy 13. The pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle drove over a spike belt and shortly thereafter ended up in a ditch on the south side of Hwy 13 just east of Hardisty.
A confrontation occurred between the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, a 32-year-old man, that resulted in RCMP members discharging their service pistols, resulting in serious injury to the man. Immediate emergency medical attention was provided, the man was transported to a local hospital then transported by STARS air ambulance to an Edmonton hospital. Later that same night, the man died.
A replica handgun was recovered and seized from the snow outside of the driver’s door of the suspect vehicle.
Update Dec. 29, 10 p.m..
At 5:20 p.m. Dec. 29, RCMP shot a man after a confrontation during an attempted arrest of the person believed to be the suspect driver of the truck that rammed the police vehicle.
The man was treated on the scene by EMS and taken to an Edmonton hospital in serious condition. No officers were injured.
The Killam RCMP, with the assistance of Provost and Wainwright RCMP and the Eastern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit, were attempting to apprehend the man when a confrontation occurred that resulted in RCMP officers discharging their service weapons.
Prior to this, the RCMP were pursuing a suspect vehicle on Hwy 13 near Hardisty. The vehicle was believed to be the same vehicle involved in an earlier incident with the Killam RCMP. Several tire deflation devices were used in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle went into the ditch and a man, who was the only occupant of the truck, got out of the vehicle and a confrontation followed.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the officer-involved shooting and actions of police. The RCMP will continue to investigate the actions of the man and the events leading up to the confrontation with police.
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KILLAM – Early this morning, shortly after 3:30, Killam RCMP were patrolling for a suspicious truck when they located it, and while trying to stop it, it rammed a police truck.
At about 3:15 a.m., RCMP received a complaint about suspicious vehicles in Galahad. Patrols were made to locate them and one of the vehicles was located on Township Road 410 and Range Road 125.
The RCMP tried to stop the vehicle but the truck fled. When the RCMP located the truck again, an effort was made to stop the truck and it rammed the police truck twice.
The RCMP vehicle became inoperable.
The Killam RCMP are asking for public assistance in locating the truck. It is described as:
– Dodge Ram 2500 or 3500
– Black or dark blue
– Lots of chrome on the truck. “RAM” in chrome on the tailgate
– Will have sustained severe front end damage, with some damage to the rear as well
If you have seen, or do see this truck, please contact the Killam RCMP at 780-385-3502. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
-Killam RCMP photo
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