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Cold Lake RCMP respond to shots fired during vehicle thefts

Cold Lake RCMP are reminding the public not to get involved in property-related crimes after two separate incidents resulted in the victims being shot at.
20.09.06.Cold Lake Detachment
Cold Lake RCMP are reminding the public not to get involved in property-related crimes after two separate incidents where the victims were shot at by the suspects. File Photo.

COLD LAKE - Cold Lake RCMP are reminding the public not to get involved in property crimes after two separate incidents resulted in the victims being shot at. 

Police received a complaint on Feb. 15 after someone had their vehicle stolen. The victim found the vehicle on the Elizabeth Métis Settlement. When they attempted to get it back themselves an altercation ensued between the complainant and the suspects. 

Other suspects attended the area and discharged a firearm. 

According to an RCMP media release, the victims were advised by 911 operators not to follow the vehicle. 

A similar incident occurred on April 2, when the victim of an attempted theft caught the suspects in the act of trying to steal his vehicle. The suspect fled the scene in a different vehicle and was pursued by the complainant. 

The victim followed the suspect vehicle, which discharged a firearm at the victim, before the complainant overtook the vehicle. 

The suspect discharged a firearm numerous times, hitting the back of the victim's vehicle twice. 

Police are still investigating both incidents. 

RCMP are asking the public not to get involved in property crimes. 

"By taking matters into your own hands you are putting yourself and others at risk by following suspect(s).  Please ensure to call 911 immediately for assistance as officers are trained to deal with these incidents in a safe manner," the press release said.