Mountie in Alberta fires gun after finding suspect at scene asleep in truck
By The Canadian PressNews Public Sector
ECKVILLE, Alta. — Police in central Alberta say a suspect was injured after an officer discovered him asleep in a truck and fired a gun while waiting for backup to arrive.
RCMP say in a news release that the officer was responding to a report on Saturday morning about a possible stolen battery from an oil field site in Eckville, west of Red Deer.
RCMP say the officer found a male sleeping in a truck, and a sledgehammer and a large canister of bear spray was spotted on the front seat.
Police say the officer laid out a spike belt and waited for backup to get to the scene, but there was a confrontation that resulted in the officer firing his gun.
The suspect was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while the officer wasn’t hurt.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, the province’s police oversight unit, is now handling the investigation.
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