RCMP looking for suspects in central Alberta oilfield lease shooting

Dawson Whitford
Darwin James Anderson
Evan William Thomas
Cruz Bigchild

RCMP are looking for four men in connection with a shooting at a Clearwater County oilfield site last December.

Police said that a man was working on an oilfield lease site about 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 when he saw two men driving away in his truck.

When he tried to stop them he was hit by another truck with two men inside.

“He ran for safety at the compressor station, and while there, one of the men pointed a firearm and fired multiple rounds at him,” said RCMP. “The rounds missed him.”

The four men fled in the two vehicles and the victim called for help.

The victim’s truck was found early the next day. The other truck had also been stolen.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP general investigation section took over the case.

“Supporting units, including the Forensic Identification Section, were engaged in the extensive investigation which involved multiple witness statements and evidence gathering.”

On Feb. 11, charges were laid against the four suspects.

Darwin James Anderson, 24; Cruz Bigchild, 24; Evan William Thomas, 24; and Dawson Whitford, 18, are all facing robbery and firearms charges among others.

RCMP have issued arrest warrants for the four suspects, who have not yet been found.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of any of the suspects should contact Rocky Mountain House RCMP at 403-845-2881. RCMP warn that the suspects, who are believed to be in the Rocky Mountain House area, are considered dangerous and should not be approached.

To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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