Edmonton Journal

Man charged after police shooting in Whitecourt

Pair in suspected stolen vehicle injured in incident with RCMP

- ALEXANDRA ZABJEK

A second police shooting in as many days is being investigat­ed by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.

On Friday, two Whitecourt RCMP members stopped a suspected stolen vehicle in Whitecourt at approximat­ely 10:15 p.m. When the 30-yearold male driver collided with two marked police cars while fleeing the stop, officers fired their guns numerous times, according to a news release from ASIRT.

The driver and 25-year-old female passenger fled into a local residentia­l neighbourh­ood where their vehicle then collided with a civilian vehicle, said the RCMP in a separate news release.

RCMP then arrested the vehicle’s occupants and they were both taken to hospital. The man sustained a nonlife-threatenin­g gunshot wound to his left forearm and bicep and remains in stable condition in the hospital. The female passenger suffered a minor injury from a non-penetratin­g gunshot wound, and was treated and released from hospital.

Luke Louis Kock, 30, of no fixed address, has been charged with three counts of assault with a weapon (vehicle) to a police officer, and one count each of flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property over $5,000, and two provincial violations.

The RCMP’s news release said Kock will be held in custody when he is released from hospital, until he is to appear in Whitecourt provincial court on Jan. 13.

ASIRT — an arm’s-length organizati­on that investigat­es incidents involving Alberta police that result in either serious injury or death or shootings — is investigat­ing the circumstan­ces surroundin­g the vehicle stop.

ASIRT is also investigat­ing a Christmas morning police shooting in Vegreville that has left a 22-year-old man from Vegreville facing charges. RCMP are not releasing the man’s name at this time. He has been charged with possession of a dangerous weapon and public mischief.

The man called RCMP around 9 a.m. Christmas Day to report a robbery at the TD Bank in Vegreville. When officers arrived, they found only the man at the scene.

“Due to situationa­l factors, the male was shot by the RCMP,” the RCMP said in a news release. It did not elaborate on what it meant by “situationa­l factors.”

The man suffered a nonlife-threatenin­g gunshot wound and is in stable condition in hospital.

A replica firearm was recovered from the scene, according to ASIRT’s news release. azabjek@edmontonjo­urnal.com twitter.com/a_zabjek

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