Alberta Mountie fires gun, has police vehicle stolen

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The RCMP’s Major Crime Unit North is investigating after a Mountie fired their gun after getting into an “altercation” with a man involved in a crash in northwest Alberta on Tuesday.

According to police, an officer was called to a vehicle crash near Fairview, Alta. before getting into an altercation with the man who was the only person in the vehicle. They did not say what prompted the fight or why the officer fired their gun.

Mounties said the man was able to steal the unmarked police vehicle and fled the scene. The police vehicle was later recovered but the man was not found.

The RCMP alleges the same man later stole another vehicle from a civilian although nobody was injured in the robbery. That vehicle has since been discovered near Dawson Creek, B.C. but the man was once again not found.

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Police did not provide a description of the man they said stole the two vehicles, adding “there is no indication that the male was injured during the altercation at this time.”

According to the RCMP, its Peace River detachment is investigating the alleged crimes committed by the missing man. The Major Crimes Unit is tasked with investigating the actions of the officer who fired their gun and once it completes its investigation, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) will review the police investigation.

ASIRT is called on to investigate incidents involving Alberta law enforcement agencies that result in serious injury or death as well as serious allegations of police misconduct.

Anyone with information about the man who fled from the RCMP is asked to call the Fairview RCMP detachment at 780-835-4031. Tips can also be anonymously submitted by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

Fairview is located about 115 kilometres north of Grande Prairie at the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 64A.

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