Red Deer RCMP officer injured chasing shotgun-wielding suspect

Sylvan Lake man facing multiple weapons and drug charges

A Red Deer RCMP officer was injured during a foot chase with a shotgun-wielding suspect Thursday.

RCMP said shortly after midnight, officers spotted a vehicle at the East Hill Shopping Centre that had allegedly fled police a day earlier.

When police arrived at the shopping complex at 30th Avenue and 22nd Street, the driver ran away on foot, RCMP said.

Police gave chase and apprehended the suspect, who had a loaded shotgun, ammunition and methamphetamine and cocaine.

“During the foot pursuit, one member of the Red Deer RCMP sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital for treatment,” said RCMP. The suspect was not injured.

Police would not provide any more information on the circumstances around the officer’s injuries, other than to say they did not happen during an altercation.

Kyle Harstad, 33, of Sylvan Lake, is facing three firearms charges, three counts of breaching court orders and two charges each of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and resisting arrest.

He is also charged with possession of the proceeds of crime and operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited.

Harstad remains in custody.

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