On June 11, 2022, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Spirit River RCMP responded to a break and enter in progress at a rural location. Officers attended the scene and located and arrested two suspects. During the arrest, one suspect was injured and was transported to hospital, where they remain for observation.

As a result of a regular internal review into the arrest, RCMP have advised the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), who will be initiating an investigation.

The Alberta RCMP believes in processes that seek the facts and it’s important that processes taken to assess the actions of all those involved, including the police, are fair, transparent, and defendable. This is why, as soon as we became aware of this incident, we immediately notified the Director of Law Enforcement and initiated our internal review process. ASIRT has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the actions of the police during this investigation.

Independent of ASIRT’s investigation, the Alberta RCMP’s internal review process has been implemented to gather a full account of what took place during this incident. RCMP training, policy, police response, and the duty status of the members involved will be subject to review. The Alberta RCMP is, of course, fully cooperating with ASIRT and will not be commenting further on this incident. 

Information provided by the Spirit River RCMP