Alberta RCMP press charges against man involved in police shooting

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WATCH: A 27-year-old Canmore man is facing charges after he was shot by an RCMP officer. The shooting comes on the same day as another police shooting in Northern Alberta. As Elissa Carpenter explains, though there has been a spate of officer-involved shootings recently, the number of incidents is actually on the decline. – Feb 27, 2023

Alberta RCMP have laid charges against a 27-year-old man who was involved in a shooting with police Saturday in Canmore, Alta.

Austin Desylva is being charged with discharging a firearm with intent and aggravated assault of a Peace Officer.

On Saturday, police said that an altercation during a traffic stop led to both Desylva and an officer firing their weapons.

Desylva took off into a forest, where he was later found by police with serious injuries and taken to hospital. The officer was not injured.

The charges come after an investigation into the offence was conducted by the Southern Alberta District General Investigation Section (GIS), Canmore RCMP, Canmore GIS and Canmore Crime Reduction Unit, police said in a news release Sunday afternoon.

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Desylva was remanded into custody following a first hearing at the courts. He will appear in Canmore provincial court March 1.

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