Grande Prairie RCMP – police presence in the Ridgevalley area – Update #3

February 4, 2021
Grande Prairie, Alberta

News release

Following their investigation Grande Prairie RCMP have charged a 31-year-old male and a 41-year-old male both of Red Deer, Alta. with the following:

  • Arson
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Careless use of a firearm
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon
  • Possession of stolen property over $5000 x 2

Following a judicial hearing, both males have been remanded in custody to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial court on Feb. 8, 2021.

The RCMP would like to thank the communities and residents in the Ridgevalley area for their assistance and cooperation during this incident.

The relationship between the RCMP and the members of our communities is a partnership. Residents are the eyes and ears, and reporting suspicious activity can often be a key step in contributing to the safety of our communities.

Background:

Feb 3, 2021

Grande Prairie RCMP – police presence in the Ridge Valley area – Update #2

On Feb. 3, 2021 at approximately 7:48 a.m. Grande Prairie RCMP received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle that had become stuck in a field in the area of Range Road 264 and Township 705. Grande RCMP rural officers and Grande Prairie Police Dog Services (PDS) responded to the complaint.

While on route RCMP learned that the vehicle had been set on fire and two suspects were observed fleeing the area on foot. Upon arriving at the scene RCMP PDS initiated a track for the suspects who had gone into a wooded area in the field. While tracking the suspects gun shots were heard. The officers retreated to cover and additional resources were called in, including RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT). One male suspect surrendered to police prior to additional resources arriving on scene.

After approximately an hour of containment by Grande Prairie RCMP rural officers, Grande Prairie RCMP PDS, Grande Prairie RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, Grande Prairie RCMP municipal members, Grande Prairie RCMP General Investigation officers, and Valleyview RCMP officers the second suspect surrendered and was taken into police custody. No one was injured during this incident.

Two adult males from Red Deer, Alta. are currently in custody awaiting a bail hearing in relation to firearm offences.

Background:

Feb 3, 2021

Grande Prairie RCMP – police presence in the Ridge Valley area – Update

Grande Prairie RCMP have resolved the public safety matter in the area of Ridge Valley. There are no further public safety issues.

This incident unfolded quickly and limited information is available at this time. More information will be provided when available.

Background:

Feb 3, 2021.

Grande Prairie RCMP – police presence in the Ridge Valley area

Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise the public that there is a heavy police presence in the Ridge Valley area, Range Road 262 South to Swan Lake in response to a public safety complaint.

Grande Prairie RCMP are asking the public to please avoid the area and refrain from posting photos and/or video on social media.

An update will be provided when more information becomes available.

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Contact information

Sgt Shawn Graham
Grande Prairie RCMP
780-830-5734

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