Later on March 2, 2005, members of Mayerthorpe and Whitecourt
Detachments, in cooperation with a Joint RCMP/Edmonton Police
Service Green Team, executed search warrants at the rural residential
property. The occupant of the residence was not located at that
At approximately 04:30 a.m. on March 3, 2005, two uniform members
were left to secure the property until Edmonton RCMP Auto Theft
Unit members attended the location to conduct a search of the
property for stolen goods. Just prior to 9:00 a.m., two additional
uniform members attended the residence. At 9:15 a.m., two members
of the Edmonton RCMP Auto Theft Unit arrived at the residence,
and upon exiting the vehicle, heard shots being fired inside a
quonset hut on the property. A male suspect, yet to be positively
identified, exited the quonset and fired a number of shots at
Auto Theft members, who returned fire. This suspect retreated
inside the quonset. Members of Edmonton and Red Deer Emergency
Response Teams were deployed along with other Support Units.
At 2:18 p.m. March 3, 2005, after securing the scene, four of
our members were located inside the quonset, apparently dead as
a result of gunshot wounds. Three of the members killed were from
Mayerthorpe RCMP Detachment and the other member that was killed
was stationed at Whitecourt RCMP Detachment. The suspect was also
located deceased within the same building.
Additional press releases will be issued when information becomes
available. This has been a long and exhaustive day for police,
no further information will be available tonight. A further release
will not be made until March 4, 2005 after meetings with Senior
RCMP management. Names are not being released pending the notification
of next of kin.
A French speaking member will be provided for interviews tomorrow.