Due to public interest generated by the recent shooting in Red Deer County, Blackfalds RCMP would like to provide more context as to the occurrences that led-up to the fatal incident.
On July 30, 2021, at 9:01 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP were dispatched to a report of a suspicious male wandering around a property near Blackfalds, Alta. The male was banging on the side of the house, scaring the occupants. They located the male who said he was looking for the former owner of the property. After speaking to involved parties, the male was transported back to Red Deer and warned if he returned to the property, he would face charges.
On July 31, 2021, at 5:03 a.m., Blackfalds RCMP were dispatched back to the same address. The same male had returned and was banging on bedroom windows and attempted to gain entry through a door. The male was arrested for mischief and released from police custody in Red Deer on conditions and with a court appearance to attend court on Sept., 17, 2021.
On Aug. 2, 2021, the shooting occurred at 3:07 p.m. Blackfalds RCMP were dispatched to the property at 3:11 p.m. and arrived on scene at 3:20 p.m.
Aug. 6, 2021
Blackfalds RCMP investigate shooting - Update 2
The RCMP's Major Crime's Unit has completed the investigation into the incident that occurred near Blackfalds, Alta. on Aug. 2, 2021. After consultation with the Crown Prosecutor's Office, the decision was made that charges will not be laid.
As the substantive investigation is complete, the following details can now be shared: on Aug. 2, 2021, at 3:11 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP were dispatched to a break and enter in progress. As officers were en route, updates were received that one male was injured and bleeding, and another had been shot. Officers arrived on scene and found the homeowner was suffering from injuries, and there was a deceased male in the residence with a gunshot wound. Witnesses reported that the homeowner had arrived home and found the deceased sleeping in the residence. A confrontation then occurred in which the deceased struck the homeowner numerous times with a baseball bat. During the attack, the homeowner was able to retrieve a firearm and shot the deceased one time.
No further updates are anticipated at this time.
August 3, 2021
Blackfalds RCMP investigate shooting – Update 1
The RCMP Major Crime's Unit is continuing with the investigation including examination of the scene with the RCMP Forensic Identification Services and interviewing witnesses. The initial investigation has indicated that the deceased broke into the residence and an altercation occurred with the homeowner. The homeowner was treated for injuries he sustained and has been released from the hospital.
The investigation is in the early stages. No charges have been laid at this time. Further updates will be provided when further details can be shared.
August 2, 2021
Blackfalds RCMP investigate shooting
On August 2, 2021, at 3:11 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a complaint of a residential break and enter in progress off of C & E Trail in Red Deer County. Upon arrival, police discovered that the homeowner had sustained injuries and another male in the residence had sustained a gunshot wound. EMS attended and pronounced the male with the gunshot wound as deceased. The homeowner was transported to the hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
RCMP Major Crimes Unit has been called in and has taken over the investigation.
There is no ongoing danger to the public.
RCMP will not be releasing further details at this time. Further release will follow.