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Mounties shhot armed man in Grassland

A man described only as being “in his 40s” was taken to an Edmonton hospital Sunday night after being shot by a local RCMP member.

A man described only as being “in his 40s” was taken to an Edmonton hospital Sunday night after being shot by a local RCMP member.

Police say Boyle RCMP members were confronted by a man with a shotgun when they arrived at a rural Grassland home at approximately 7:15 p.m. following a complaint that gunshots had been heard. When police arrived at the scene, the man reportedly refused to put the firearm down and was struck by a single bullet. Police say the man went back inside the home and allegedly fired at least one shot out of the building. The man was reported to be the only occupant of the home when he confronted the police, but the original complaint was believed to have come from someone who had been in the home earlier.

After a short standoff, the man came out of the home without the weapon and was taken into custody. Police say he is now in an Edmonton hospital being treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is currently investigating the shooting along with the Boyle RCMP.

It is believed that Lac La Biche RCMP were also at the scene, but local officials are not releasing details. At the Post’s press deadline, police had not named the suspect or what charges he will face.

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