RCMP vehicles parked outside a rural Alberta property where two officers were injured on Monday night. Scott Neufeld/CBC News
An RCMP tactical unit is closing in on two suspects after two officers were injured in an incident on a rural property east of Edmonton Monday. One suspect is in custody.
The two remaining suspects are described as armed and dangerous.
The RCMP tactical unit has the area contained. Police are asking people to stay away from the scene at Township Road 522 and Range Road 192, which is east of Elk Island National Park and north of Tofield.
One officer was shot and wounded in the arm.He was treated and released from hospital.
The other officer was run over by a truck and is in more serious condition at a hospital in Edmonton.
“I understand he has several broken bones and internal injuries,” said Chief Supt. Randy McGinnis. However, the officer was able to speak to investigators.
Firearms stolen from farmhouse
RCMP were first called to a home around 2 p.m. MT Monday after a man allegedly threatened to go another residence and kill a man .
While officers were trying to track him down, they received a call about a break and enter at a farmhouse.
There a farmer reported encountering a man matching their suspect’s description inside the house, McGinnis said.
He left with three of the farmer’s long-barrelled firearms and a handgun.
Five RCMP officers went looking for the man at a house owned by one of his associates and his wife.
“Unfortunately he was at the residence when we got there and this incident unfolded,” McGinnis said.
An altercation broke out. The man jumped in his truck with another suspect, running over one of the officers in the stolen one-tonne Dodge truck.
"As the gentleman tried to exit the scene, he drove into the ditch and became stuck," McGinnis said.
"Then a fire fight ensued between this gentleman and our members. I can't tell you how many rounds were exchanged but I do know that this gentleman was armed with a shotgun, a .22 and 410, as well as a handgun of an unknown calibre."
The RCMP emergency response team has the area contained. The homeowner’s wife is under arrest, McGinnis said.
All three suspects are known to police.
"I do know that the suspect has been on our radar for numerous break and enters and thefts in the rural area for the last month or so," McGinnis said.
The names of the injured officers are not being released.