Alberta sheriff shot outside courthouse

An Alberta sheriff has been shot outside a courthouse in a community northwest of Edmonton.

An Alberta sheriff has been shot at a courthouse in a town northwest of Edmonton.

The officer was shot in the hand, said Michelle Davio, a spokeswoman for Alberta Justice.

Whitecourt Mayor Trevor Thain said two suspects remained at large after Tuesday’s shooting, which took place shortly before noon.

“The two perpetrators escaped,” said Thain. “They stole the sheriff’s van.”

The local radio station reports that police have set up roadblocks in the area.

Thain says the suspects were among those arrested last Thursday in a drug bust in the community, about 180 kilometres from the provincial capital. Police said six people were taken into custody and charged after a raid, which found cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as an illegal firearm.

According to a police news release from the time of the arrest, the suspects are from Whitecourt and were due in court Tuesday.

Alberta’s sheriffs are law enforcement officers who come under the province’s Solicitor General. They support RCMP and municipal police officers in a variety of roles, including courthouse security and prisoner management and transportation.

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