Sunday, January 4, 2015

Policing in Alberta to January 4, 2015 (updated)

Two fatalities in Cochrane area collision
Sherwood Park homicide
Fatal MVC near Olds
Grande Prairie armed robbery suspect shot by police
Edmonton pedestrian dies of injuries
Arrests made after shooting in Stettler
Firearms incident in High River
Hit and Run in High River


Two fatalities in Cochrane area collision

Cochrane RCMP

On January 4, 2015 at 4:43 am Cochrane RCMP were dispatched to a single vehicle collision on Township Road 265B approximately 4 km from Highway 40. The vehicle had gone over a steep embankment near the Ghost River. Cochrane RCMP and other emergency resources went to the scene. Two people were confirmed deceased at the scene. A third person was taken to hospital in Calgary with extensive injuries to their legs.

Cochrane RCMP are still on scene and investigating. Factors involved in the collision have not been determined yet.

Identities of the deceased have not been confirmed.

Further information will be release once the investigation is completed by Cochrane RCMP.

Sherwood Park homicide

The Strathcona County RCMP has confirmed a suspicious death of a man as homicide.

The Medical Examiner conducted the victim’s autopsy on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The death was deemed to be homicide; the cause of death will not be released at this time.

The Medical Examiner’s office has not yet confirmed the identity of the deceased. The victim of the homicide was an occupant of a late 90's green Jeep. A second occupant of this Jeep was transported to hospital with undisclosed injuries.

RCMP Major Crimes Unit and Strathcona County RCMP continue to investigate, and can confirm at this time that this event is not related to the recent homicides in Edmonton.

RCMP Major Crimes Unit and Strathcona County RCMP are interested in speaking to any persons who were in the area of 34 Street between 92 Avenue and 84 Avenue in Sherwood Park, between 11: 00 p.m. on Monday December 29, 2014 and 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday December 30, 2014.

If you have information about this investigation please contact the Strathcona County RCMP at 780-467-7741. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.

Fatal MVC near Olds

RCMP Alberta Media Relations

On January 2, 2015 at approximately 1:00 pm, emergency services attended a collision between a semi trailer and a pickup truck on highway 2 southbound approximately 2 kilometres south of the highway 2A exit, near Olds, Alberta. Members of the Olds RCMP Detachment, Didsbury RCMP Detachment, RCMP Innisfail Integrated Traffic Unit, Olds Fire Department, Bowden Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene. Investigation indicates that a southbound pickup truck collided into the rear of a southbound semi trailer.

The driver and lone occupant of the pickup truck, a 29 year old male from the Leduc region, died at the scene. There were no other injuries sustained in the collision. An RCMP collision reconstructionist was called and attended to assist with the investigation. Road and weather conditions were poor at the time and may have been a factor in the collision. No charges are anticipated in relation to this event. The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

Traffic in the southbound lanes of highway 2 near Olds, Alberta was temporarily diverted while the accident was being investigated but reopened for full traffic flow at approximately 5:00 pm.

Grande Prairie armed robbery suspect shot by police

Grande Prairie RCMP

An adult male is in hospital with gunshot wounds after RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery at a convenience store early this morning.

On January 2 at approximately 1 am Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a complaint of an armed robbery at a convenience store in the area of 97th Street and 84th Avenue. When police arrived there was a confrontation between police and the armed robbery suspect. The suspect male was wounded by police. The 19 year old male was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds. The condition of the suspect is unknown at the present time. No police officers or civilians were physically injured.

Edmonton pedestrian dies of injuries

Edmonton Police Service

A male pedestrian has succumbed to injuries after being struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Whyte Avenue on Thursday, January 1, 2015.

It was reported that at approximately 6 p.m. on January 1, 2015, a 63-year-old male attempted to cross Whyte Avenue at 101 Street in a marked crosswalk. The pedestrian was allegedly struck by a Dodge pick-up truck travelling eastbound on Whyte Avenue.

The pedestrian was treated and transported to hospital, where he passed away.

The incident is still under investigation by the Edmonton Police Service Major Collision Investigation Unit. Charges have not been laid.


Southwest Division patrol members initially responded to a traffic collision call at approximately 5:52 pm Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. It was reported that a White Dodge pick-up truck struck another vehicle from behind, while travelling eastbound on 63 Avenue.

The driver of the pick-up truck is alleged to have fled the scene of that hit-and-run collision, before travelling north on Gateway Blvd. with the complainant following. The driver of the suspect vehicle then continued eastbound on Whyte Avenue, where it was reported that the male suspect driver then struck a 63-year-old male pedestrian who was crossing Whyte Avenue at 101 Street.

Witnesses told police that the suspect driver then fled that pedestrian collision scene, before being boxed in by several motorists just west of 99 Street on Whyte Avenue.

Troy Clayton Tessman, 35, was taken into custody, and multiple charges are pending.

Arrests made after shooting in Stettler

RCMP Alberta Media Relations

Darren James Bauer, aged 33 years, has been charged in relation to a male having been shot in northwest Stettler in the late afternoon of December 31, 2014.

Bauer is charge with the following offences:
- Possess a Restricted Weapon while Prohibited from doing so.
- Possess a Prohibited Weapon while Prohibited from doing so.
- Possession of Stolen Property over $5000.
- Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
- Breach of Recognizance x 2.
- Possession of a Weapon For the Purpose of Committing an Offence.
- Careless Use of a Firearm.
- Drive while Unauthorized.
- Possession of a Drug for the purpose of Trafficking.
- Discharge of a Firearm with Intent to Injure.

Bauer is currently awaiting a Judicial Interim Release Hearing (bail hearing).

Also charged in relation to the same incident is Kathleen Sherry Cooper, aged 25 years, who is charged with the following offences:
- Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000.
- Breach of Recognizance.

Cooper was also arrested on 9 outstanding charges not related to this event. She has been remanded into custody following a Judicial Interim Release Hearing and will appear next in court at Red Deer on Monday January 5th, 2015.

Firearms incident in High River

High River RCMP

On January 1st, 2015 the High River RCMP responded to a complaint of shots fired at 152 Street E and 610 Avenue E just south of High River. RCMP were informed that 4 males in a red, late 90’s Ford F150 were shooting in the area and one of them began shooting towards a male who was across the river, target shooting. Suspect one was a white male, approximately 6 feet tall and 200-235 lbs wearing a red ball cap and brown hooded jacket. Suspect two was a white male, approximately 5’10 and 180 lbs with black hair, wearing a grey knitted sweater and jeans. The third suspect was a white male, approximately 5’6 and 160 lbs wearing jeans. There was no description of the fourth suspect. The RCMP is requesting the assistance of the public in locating the persons responsible.

Hit and Run in High River

High River RCMP

On December 8, 2014 the High River RCMP were made aware of a hit and run at the star liquor parking lot on Centre Street in High River. It was advised that on the 5th of December, 2014 at 8:20 PM a dark pickup truck backed into a vehicle and left the scene. It was advised that the suspect vehicle had “shift” in the rear window and that the driver was believed to be in his 20’s. The RCMP is requesting the assistance of the public in locating the person responsible.

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