Three Mounties injured in Alberta shooting, gunman dead

Trevor Robb, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:14 AM ET

EDMONTON - Three RCMP officers were wounded in a shooting in St. Paul, Alta., on Friday night.

RCMP Chief Supt. Randy McInnis told the Canadian Press that two officers were airlifted by STARS air ambulance to an Edmonton hospital while the third remains in St. Paul. The gunman was reportedly killed on scene.

McInnis described the situation as “mayhem” and says they are still in the process of “trying to get things under control.”

St. Paul is 197 km northeast of Edmonton.

This latest incident marks the seventh shooting RCMP officers have faced in the past decade. In January 2014, RCMP went to a rural residence near Tofield to question the homeowner and his girlfriend about an acquaintance believed to be responsible for thefts and break-ins in the area.

By chance, the first officers on scene found the wanted man hiding in a shed on the yard and a confrontation ensued. Gunfire erupted with one of the bullets grazing the upper arm of a Vegreville officer. A Tofield officer was run over by the truck as the gunman attempted to flee. The drama ended around 3 a.m. when the wanted man was taken into custody.

On Feb. 7, 2012, two mounties were shot in Killam, AB while searching for a missing gun. After the gunfight with police, Brad Clarke’s body was discovered shot dead inside a home on the property. The two officers — Const. Sheldon Shah and Const. Sidney Gaudette — both suffered wounds to the abdomen.

On Feb. 5, 2012, a Hobbema (now Maskwacis) RCMP officer has his leg broken after ATV driver wanted for gunplay slams into him as he exits a patrol car.

Two RCMP officers suffered gunshot wounds responding to a report of gunmen at a home in Breton, AB in December 2011. The two Mounties were treated for non life-threatening injuries and two people were arrested.

On March 3, 2005, RCMP Constables Brock Myrol, Anthony Gordon, Leo Johnston and Peter Schiemann are gunned down by James Roszko near Mayerthorpe, AB in the largest RCMP massacre in modern RCMP history.

On Feb. 28 2004, RCMP Cpl. James Galloway was shot dead during an armed standoff at a home in Spruce Grove. Gunman Martin Ostopovich died in a hail of bullets.

— with files from Damien Wood


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