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Red Deer RCMP respond to firearms incident in Johnstone

Police say no immediate threat to public at this time
Early Monday morning Red Deer RCMP responded to a firearms incident in Johnstone. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer RCMP are still investigating a firearms incident that happened in the Johnstone neighbourhood early Monday morning.

Police said there is no immediate threat to the public. Those involved are known to each other and the incident is believed to be targeted.

Officers initially responded to the incident at 1:30 a.m. and as of about 9 a.m. the RCMP’s General Investigation Section were still investigating.


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A Johnstone resident, who only recently set up security video cameras at her home, said she captured much of the police activity, and was very curious to find out what happened.

She said several police vehicles sped onto Jennings Crescent. Four ambulances and police dogs also attended the scene.

“It was pretty intense. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s like a movie,” said the resident who has since watched her video.

She said she saw three ambulances leave with their emergency lights flashing.

Police set up roadblocks and eventually officers expanded their investigation closer to her home.

“I had dogs right in front of my window. (Police) were obviously looking for someone. You can see them running on camera.”

She said officers were searching fields and bushes with flashlights. At about 9:30 a.m. a few police vehicles were still in the area and the neighbourhood was very quiet.

“My neighbours are not outside. It’s a ghost town over here.”


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Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-406-2300 or their local police. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or using the “P3 TIPS” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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