July 12, 2018 4:50 pm
Updated: July 12, 2018 6:03 pm

Strathcona County RCMP member charged after weapon pointed at civilian employee: police

A Strathcona County RCMP member is facing charges after an investigation into the improper handling of a weapon.

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A member of the Strathcona County RCMP is facing charges after an investigation involving the improper handling of a Conducted Energy Weapon, sometimes referred to as a Taser.

In a release issued on Thursday, RCMP said a police officer pointed the weapon at the head of a municipal employee at the detachment. During the investigation, police learned a similar incident allegedly happened a few years earlier as well, on Dec. 9, 2015.

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No one was injured during either incident.

Const. Steve Burgess is facing one count of assault with a weapon and two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He is scheduled to be in court on Aug. 15 at the provincial courthouse in Sherwood Park.

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Police said Burgess had been suspended with pay since Dec. 21, 2017, pending the outcome of both a criminal and code of conduct investigation.

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