Alberta RCMP continues to investigate the incident which occurred in Frog Lake Cree Nation yesterday. The heavy police presence has ended; however, some officers remain in the area.
According to the Alberta RCMP, “On Dec. 13, at approximately 11:51 a.m., the Bonnyville RCMP responded to a break and enter in progress where a homeowner interrupted suspects who pointed a gun at him.”
Police say the suspects then fled the scene in a vehicle that was later located by police. Police attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle; however, it failed to stop for police.
Cpl. Shawn Morgan is a Media Relations Officer for the Eastern Alberta District RCMP.
“A tire deflation device was successfully deployed near Frog Lake Cree Nation which resulted in the suspects abandoning the vehicle, a car, and fleeing into a nearby field,” Cpl. Morgan said. “Efforts to contain the suspects and locate them were undertaken with additional resources being deployed.”
RCMP resources from Bonnyville, Kitscoty, Elk Point and Cold Lake Detachments; St. Paul RCMP Traffic Services, the Alberta RCMP Emergency Response Team, Alberta RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit (for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle reconnaissance), St. Paul and Cold Lake RCMP Police Dog Services, Alberta RCMP Graphic Services and Saskatchewan RCMP officers from Onion Lake, Sask. responded to this incident.
“The school in Frog Lake Cree Nation was in a hold and secure state until approximately 5:30 p.m. RCMP resources supervised the evacuation and loading of buses as students and staff were relocated to the Frog Lake Cree Nation band office where reunification with family took place,” Cpl. Morgan said. “The strong police presence scaled down with the departure of RCMP Emergency Response Team at approximately 6:00 p.m.”
During the investigation, a firearm was recovered as well as other evidence. A 25-year-old female was arrested and remains in custody.
The school in Frog Lake Cree Nation is open today and the community does not have any restrictions.
The Alberta RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this incident. The Bonnyville RCMP General Investigation Section has taken over carriage of the investigation.
The Bonnyville RCMP is asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to this incident or identifying those responsible to please contact Bonnyville RCMP at 780-343-7240 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).