Suspects shot at police vehicle when fleeing
Two men are in custody after a police chase that started near Sylvan Lake and ended near Stettler and involved several police forces.
Police arrested Kenton Charles Butters, 31, who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant and Alexander Michael Talbot, 28.
The incident started on Aug. 12 at 11:06 p.m., when the RCMP in Sylvan Lake were advised by Calgary Police Service that a stolen vehicle was in their area. The vehicle travelled through Lacombe Police jurisdiction at a high rate of speed, and information was relayed between Lacombe Police and RCMP.
The vehicle was later located by Blackfalds RCMP. When it failed to stop for the police, a pursuit was initiated, but soon terminated.
Later, the vehicle was again located and a tire deflation device was deployed. The vehicle entered a rural property east of Lacombe. The occupants of the vehicle stole another truck that was on the property, and fled. The original stolen vehicle was abandoned.
Another pursuit was initiated. The suspects shot at the Police Dog Services truck. No police or public were hit by any of the bullets. The RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) was deployed to assist in the apprehension of the suspects.
The vehicle was tracked to an area near Erskine and the area was cordoned off. Shortly after, the RCMP received information that two other vehicles had just been stolen from a property in the area. Police used tire deflation devices and both stolen vehicles were stopped near Hwy 12 and Range Road 202. The ERT arrested the suspects at 3:47 a.m. on Aug. 13.
One firearm was recovered from the vehicles by the RCMP. This firearm was confirmed stolen during a previous home invasion.
In the Stettler incident, Butters is facing 12 criminal code charges including theft of a vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop when being pursued, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, and possession of a stolen firearm.
In relation to the events in Blackfalds jurisdiction, Butters is charged with eight criminal offences including theft of truck, discharge a firearm with intent and assault with a weapon.
Talbot is charged with four criminal code offences arising out of activities in Stettler. These include theft of truck, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and fail to stop when being pursued.
The police investigation connected Kenton Butters to a home invasion, which occurred in Caroline on Aug. 10 just prior to 10:27 a.m. As a result, he is charged with break and enter to a dwelling house and theft of firearms. In that incident, Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to a 911 call that several unknown people had entered a residence and assaulted two occupants in the residence. The suspects stole firearms and fled. Police believe that this may have been a targeted incident.
Additional suspects are still being sought for the Caroline home invasion and that investigation remains ongoing.
Both accused remain in custody and bail hearings are scheduled for Aug. 17 in Red Deer Provincial Court.