Rimbey RCMP members involved in pursuit, shots fired

Rimbey RCMP assisted other central Alberta detachments in significant arrests involving shots fired against RCMP members over the May long weekend.

“Multiple members across various jurisdictions were involved with this dangerous crime spree,” says S/Sgt Mark Groves, Central Alberta District RCMP. “Policing efforts do not have borders, nor do crimes so we will continue to pursue these repeat offenders throughout the province of Alberta.”

Central Area District (CAD) RCMP are laying over 40 charges against 4 people stemming from multiple incidents that primarily took place in the Red Deer and Sylvan Lake area during the Victoria Day long weekend.

These approximately 30 occurrences involved serious risk to police and public as firearms were involved in the commission of these crimes.

On May 16, 2019, at 4:30 a.m., a stolen truck was involved in multiple break and enters with the use of discharging firearms to gain entry.

On May 17, 2019, at 1:30 a.m., Rimbey RCMP were dispatched to a residential break and enter in progress at which a firearm was produced. The suspects fled the scene in a stolen truck. At approximately 2 a.m., Sylvan Lake RCMP located the truck near Bentley, traveling at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle ultimately took a dead end township road and entered a ditch. An unknown number of people fled from the vehicle into a wooded area, and one female was arrested.

The stolen truck from the previous morning’s incidents arrives in the area and swerved at RCMP members who were trying to deploy a tire deflation device. The fleeing individual(s) jumped into the white truck and RCMP members pursued. The pursuit continued through the Town of Sylvan Lake where firearms from the truck were discharged multiple times at police. During the pursuit, a female fell from the truck and was arrested without incident. The truck was located unoccupied a short distance away, having collided with a parked vehicle. A loaded firearm was recovered from the vehicle.

On May 19, 2019, at 1:30 a.m., Sylvan Lake RCMP responded to a 911 call of a break and enter in progress in the Sylvan Lake industrial area., Sylvan Lake, Red Deer RCMP, along with the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Police Dog Services made contact with a suspect vehicle which swerved at members. An officer discharged their firearm at the vehicle, but no one in the vehicle was injured. A second suspect vehicle, a truck stolen from the industrial property, fled through fencing and was immediately pursued by ERT. The vehicle stopped a short time later, due to mechanical failure, and a male was arrested without incident.

On May 21, 2019, at around 2:45 p.m., a male suspect was taken into custody without incident after he was arrested driving a stolen car.

Danelle Rickett (32) of no fixed address has been charged with:

· Possession of stolen property over $5,000

· Possession of stolen property under $5,000

· Joyriding

Rickett was released from custody after a judicial hearing with conditions, and will appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on May 29, 2019.

Samantha Johnston (29) of Red Deer has been charged with:

· Possession of stolen property over $5,000

· Possession for the purpose of trafficking

· Breach of recognizance (x4)

Johnston has been remanded into custody after a judicial hearing, and will be appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on May 30, 2019.

Tyler Harris (23) of Red Deer has been charged with:

· Break and enter of a business (x2)

· Disguise with intent

· Breach of recognizance (x4)

· Flight from police

Harris has been remanded into custody after a judicial hearing, and will be appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on June 12, 2019.

Zacharias Paradoski, of the Red Deer has been charged with 39 offences, some of which include:

· Using a firearm in the commission of an offence

· Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

· Break and Enter

· Discharging a firearm

· Possession of break and enter instruments

· Disguise with intent

Paradoski was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing, and will be appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on June 5, 2019.

No RCMP members were injured during any of these incidents.

As this matter is now before the courts no further details will be provided.

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