A 33-year-old male remains in custody following a volatile incident on July 23 that sent an RCMP member to the hospital requiring surgery.
At 3:25 a.m., Fort Saskatchewan RCMP responded to a 911 call that a male had broken into a residence. When RCMP members arrived they located the unwanted male in a state of medical distress, in the basement. Life saving first aid was provided by two responding RCMP officers. When the male gained consciousness, he responded by attacking the RCMP officers and the assisting EMS responders.
One of the RCMP members was rushed to hospital and underwent surgery for a serious, but non life-threatening injury received during the altercation. The safety of the homeowners who called 911 as well as the EMS and Fire Department responders was a priority of the RCMP members on scene.
A 33-year-old male of Edmonton is facing five criminal code charges as follows:
- Aggravated assault on a police officer
- Unlawfully in a dwelling house
- Fail to comply with release order condition
- Resist peace officer
- Obstruct peace officer
A judicial interim hearing has been held and Ham remains in custody for a court appearance on July 28, 2020 in Boyle, Alberta.
"As police officers, we sign up with the understanding that sometimes we have to attend dangerous calls, and we are trained for that" says Inspector Mike McCauley, Officer in Charge of Fort Saskatchewan Detachment. "However, we don't expect to save a life and then get maimed by the person whose life we saved. I'm so proud of our members and I'm sure the community of Fort Saskatchewan stands behind the injured member and wishes him a speedy recovery."