Saturday , 16 October 2021

Cold Lake police involved in shooting following break and enter, two arrested

A police officer wounded one person early this morning with a gunshot following a confrontation in Cold Lake South when RCMP responded to a break and enter.

Two people were arrested in the incident, police said in a press release, after responding to an industrial in Cold Lake South at approximately 2:30am on Saturday morning.

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, police said.

Authorities say 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, police said.

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.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.