Man shot in leg when police respond to break-and-enter in northeastern Alberta

COLD LAKE, Alta. — RCMP say a 26-year-old man is in police custody after being shot in the leg when officers responded to a break-and-enter in northeastern Alberta.

Police say in a news release that one officer was already in the area when the report about the crime-in-progress at a Cold Lake industrial area came in early Saturday morning.

They say there was a confrontation between the officer and two people in a car, and that “events occurred that led to the officer firing his service pistol.”

Police say the suspects’ vehicle stopped and the RCMP officer, along with an additional officer who arrived at the scene, arrested both occupants of the vehicle who surrendered to police.

No officers were injured and no other civilians were directly involved.

Police say the man was treated in hospital and released into police custody, while the 46-year-old female passenger wasn’t hurt and is also in custody.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, a provincial watchdog agency, has been notified.

RCMP note in the news release that the marked police vehicle that responded to the scene was equipped with a video recording system.

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