Blackfalds RCMP is still searching for one suspect after one of their members was struck by a vehicle while in his patrol car on Nov. 14th.
At about 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 14th, a Blackfalds RCMP member was examining a car parked behind a residence at 45 Cedar Cresc. in Blackfalds. Blackfalds RCMP Staff Sgt. Ken Morrison said the car was stolen and contained stolen property.
As the officer in question was examining the car, he was advised that five individuals, who Morrison said may have been connected to the stolen property, were leaving the residence from the front entrance.
The officer then moved his patrol car from the rear of the residence onto Cedar Court where it was struck by a red pickup truck carrying the five individuals who had exited the residence, said Morrison.
He said the officer incurred a broken wrist because of the collision. After colliding with the police car, the red pickup truck then fled the scene.
A while later, the truck was discovered in a business parking lot northwest of Blackfalds off of 40-0.
There the five individuals took off on foot, said Morrison. A manhunt for the five then ensued. By the end of the day, four of the suspects had been apprehended with the fifth believed to be still at large.
One of the suspects was arrested near the elk farm north of Blackfalds. Two more of the individuals were then located in a travel trailer at a locked compound in the Asplund Industrial Park with the aid of K-9 units.
The fourth suspect was discovered and apprehended some time later walking through Blackfalds.
Morrison said that all four are known to police and some may have been associated with other incidents in the area previously. As for the suspect remaining at large, Morrison said police believe they know the identity of the suspect and at this point just need to locate his whereabouts.
“We know who he is and now it’s just a matter of finding him.”
Charges have been laid as a result of the incident. Morrison added more charges may be stemming from the incident as the investigation is ongoing.