Altercation at Northern Alberta Traffic Stop Sends RCMP Officer to Hospital

An RCMP officer from the Spirit River detachment was airlifted to a nearby hospital on Wednesday after he was attacked during a traffic stop. The RCMP reported that the officer was called on to the Highway 733 and Highway 49 near the hamlet of Wanham at around 3:30 p.m. in response to an erratic driving complaint, though when the officer asked driver to pull over the vehicle, it resulted in an altercation that resulted in injuries to the officer.

Cpl. Carol McKinley, of the Western Alberta district RCMP, explained that “the officer is currently in hospital and we are currently trying to determine how and what occurred.” She explained that the officer is still receiving medical attention in hospital, as of Wednesday night, but is now in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. She added that “we don’t know the extent of the injuries.” It was reported that the RCMP is still investigating the incident, and no arrests have been made so far.

McKinley explained that the timeline of attack is under evaluation, but so far we only know that officer pulled over the suspect vehicle. The RCMP is unsure if any firearms were involved in the incident. McKinley explained that “we’re certainly canvassing the public for any information that will help provide us with some further avenues and encourage anyone to contact either our Spirit River detachment or Crime Stoppers.”

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