Mariam Ibrahim, Edmonton, A.B. (Edmonton Journal) – A 16-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after he was shot Saturday by RCMP in Fort McMurray, Alta., as they tried to stop a stolen vehicle he was allegedly driving.
Three plainclothes officers from the Wood Buffalo RCMP crime reduction unit attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in Fort McMurray around 3:15 p.m., RCMP said in a release.
Shots were fired when the vehicle, occupied by three male youths, attempted to flee the scene, RCMP said.
One shot struck the 16-year-old boy allegedly driving the stolen vehicle. He was taken for treatment to the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, and was later flown with serious injuries to hospital in Edmonton, RCMP said. He is currently listed in stable condition.
The two other youths in the vehicle were not injured. They were arrested at the scene but have since been released.
Two RCMP officers, who have between two and four years of service, received minor injuries during the incident.
Police closed Hospital Street near the Highway 63 off-ramp as they investigated. The area remained blocked off Sunday morning.
The shooting will be investigated by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, an independent agency mandated to investigate all incidents that involve serious injury or death that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer.
The RCMP major crimes unit in Edmonton is investigating the original stolen vehicle offence.