Police went to raid a house near Hardisty, Alta. Tuesday with a search warrant when a murky shootout happened. Two Mounties were shot and rushed to hospital. It is still blurred as to what exactly happened and why the firing took place.
One of the injured officers was airlifted to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton and another was flown to the University of Alberta Hospital in emergency. Both had serious wounds that required surgery. Their families have been informed.
Police has not announced the identity of injured Mounties, but said one had five years service while the other had been on the job for two years. RCMP has also confirmed at least one civilian’s death in the incident.
RCMP Sergeant Patrick Webb said: “Two members had surgery, considered stable right now. So that’s good.”
Police authorities are not certain about the number of suspects involved in the entire incident.
“We’re just trying to get access to [the house]. We’re not getting response there, so we’re probably going to enter,” Sgt. Webb said 19 hours into the ordeal, later adding: “Obviously, we’re looking for people … they’re probably in the house.”
According to RCMP Chief Supt. Rick Taylor, the two injured Mounties were searching for a .45-calibre handgun. Both of them received injuries in torso.
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