On July 21, 2020, at approximately 6:13 p.m., Strathcona County RCMP along with Strathcona County Fire Emergency Services responded to fire at an apartment complex on Cloverbar Road in Sherwood Park. A fire was located inside an apartment but the homeowner was not immediately located.
At approximately 7:25 p.m., Strathcona County RCMP responded to a coffeehouse in Sherwood Park where it is alleged a male was intoxicated and chasing a vehicle. The male was located by police and advised to leave the premises.
approximately 7:54 p.m., the male returned to his residence at the apartment complex where the fire had occurred and a verbal confrontation ensued with several tenants and a Fire Services member. The male is alleged to have assaulted a Fire Services member on scene.
The responding officer went to place the man under arrest during which the male was taken to the ground and as a result suffered an injury. EMS was immediately dispatched and the male was taken to hospital and has subsequently been released.
The investigation is ongoing. The Alberta RCMP is reviewing this incident along with the member's duty status.
The Director of Law Enforcement has been notified and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the actions of the police during this investigation.
The Alberta RCMP will not be commenting further on this incident. All media inquiries about this incident should now be directed to ASIRT at 780-641-9099.