Semi-automatic shotgun recovered from the scene by Edmonton Police, which set off an emergency alert on Saturday

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A semi-automatic shotgun was recovered from the scene of a shooting west of Edmonton that set off an emergency alert on Saturday, the Alberta police watch dog said Tuesday.

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The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was instructed on Saturday to investigate the circumstances in which an Edmonton police officer exchanged fire with a man after chasing a vehicle with a stolen trailer, resulting in a non-life-threatening gunshot wound Man led.

In a press release, shortly after noon on Saturday, ASIRT said Edmonton police had responded to a report of a stolen trailer at 218 Street and Stony Plain Road. An officer in a tagged police vehicle tried to stop a silver Ford Escape that was pulling an older trailer.

The officer in the marked police vehicle stopped in front of the Ford Escape and the driver of the Ford tried to move around the police vehicle, colliding with the front driver’s side. The driver of the Ford then drove west on a back road off Highway 16A while still pulling the trailer.

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The officer in the marked police vehicle drove in front of the Ford to stop or slow it down. ASIRT said the driver of the Ford hit the back of the police vehicle and was traveling west on the east-facing lanes of Highway 16A. The police stopped the persecution.

However, a lone officer in an unmarked police vehicle began tracking the Ford from a distance and further assistance was sought from Edmonton Police and RCMP. The unmarked vehicle was following the Ford onto Highway 628 when the Ford stopped between Highway 60 and Range Road 264 and a man with a semi-automatic shotgun exited the vehicle.

The officer and the man exchanged shots, and then the man left the shotgun on the road, returned to the Ford, and continued west on Highway 628.

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The man then lost control of the Ford on the dirt road. It rolled through a ditch and came to a stop in a stand of trees. The two men fled on foot, and Edmonton Police held the area.

Both men were eventually found and arrested at different times and examined by emergency services. A 31-year-old man was hospitalized for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, while the second man, a 32-year-old was hospitalized for “drug problems”.

A semi-automatic shotgun and shotgun shells, including evidence of an spent shotgun shell, were found in the area where the shots were suspected and confiscated as exhibits.

ASIRT will investigate the circumstances surrounding the release of the police officer’s firearm.

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