Weapons used to help end lengthy chase
RCMP used their weapons to apprehend a suspected truck thief after chasing him through Central Alberta on Monday.
The identity of the 27-year-old Blackfalds man has not been released by police.
However, RCMP say he is under guard at York Regional Hospital Centre where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries to his arm and leg.
A police news release notes police fired their guns during the incident and the man was injured, but only hint that he was shot by RCMP, noting the cause of (his) injuries is yet to be determined.
Few details are available about why police fired their guns but its clear the suspect was chased Monday morning by York Rural RCMP after a four-by-four truck was reported stolen from a local business.
That chase lasted only briefly before being called off by police.
Later, at about 11 a.m., the truck was spotted by Ponoka RCMP. The truck subsequently backed into a marked police car. The RCMP officer inside was not injured.
At about 2 p.m., the RCMP located the truck again, this time on Hwy 2 near Blackfalds after being tipped off by a local farmer. Police chased the truck west of Blackfalds on Aspelund Road for several kilometres.
The chase continued into a farmers field.
Eventually, the truck driver got the vehicle stuck in a ditch and was arrested while trying to exit the truck.
The officers use of their guns will be reviewed as a matter of standard procedure, RCMP say.