April 20, 2018 5:56 pm
Updated: April 24, 2018 4:11 pm

Okotoks officer fired gun during call where suspect fled scene

FILE: Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.

File / Global News

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating an incident where an RCMP officer fired their weapon while responding to a report of a suspicious person.

In the evening of April 19, Okotoks RCMP received a complaint about “a suspicious male in a parked vehicle,” RCMP said in a news release Friday.

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When they arrived on scene, “a confrontation between responding officers and the lone occupant of the vehicle ensued and resulted in an officer discharging their firearm,” RCMP said.

The 25-year-old man was not injured, police said.

He then started driving the vehicle, hitting a police vehicle and knocking over two officers at the scene, before driving away, RCMP said.

The man was found nearby and taken to hospital “as a precautionary measure” and has since been released and remains in police custody.

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RCMP said the two officers were assessed by EMS for minor injuries but didn’t require further medical attention.

On April 24, RCMP said Cody Petrie, 25, had been charged with a number of offences, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, flight from police and failing to comply with probation.

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