ASIRT investigating after Mountie fires gun during break and enter near Cold Lake, Alta.

Alberta Serious Incident Response Team. File/Global News

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been called in to investigate an incident in Cold Lake Friday morning.

Shortly after 10 a.m. on Jan. 22, RCMP were called to a break and enter near the hamlet of Ardmore, about 35 kilometres southwest of Cold Lake.

A news release said that after RCMP arrived on scene, “an interaction occurred” that led to one of the officers discharging their service firearm.

On Monday, ASIRT said when officers arrived on scene, a Ford F-350 truck was backed into an open building on the property. As police vehicles approached the truck, a confrontation occurred. ASIRT said the F-350 collided with an occupied marked RCMP vehicle, and that’s when the RCMP member discharged a single round from his pistol.

The driver of the F-350 continued past other police vehicles, drove through some bushes near the property’s exit and ended up stuck in a ditch.

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ASIRT said the man driving the truck got out of the vehicle. He and a female passenger in the vehicle were taken into custody.

No one was injured but EMS was called to the scene.

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ASIRT is investigating the circumstances that led to the officer shooting their weapon, while Cold Lake RCMP is investigating the break-and-enter incident.

On Monday, police said their investigation determined the vehicle involved had been reported stolen.

The woman was released from custody without charges.

Wyatt James Will Whitford, 24 of Cold Lake, Alta., was charged with flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, assault with a weapon on a police officer, resisting arrest, two count of mischief, possession of stolen property, five counts of failing to comply, and possession of a controlled substance.

Whitford remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on Jan. 27.


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