Cigdem Iltan (Edmonton Journal) – Two RCMP officers were taken to hospital after they were swarmed and robbed of a Taser when they responded to reports of a fight at a northern Alberta home early Sunday morning.
When the officers tried to arrest and remove the man said to be causing problems, other people in the home swarmed the two officers in a “very aggressive altercation,” RCMP said in a news release.
Police believe both officers were punched and kicked as they tried to defend themselves using pepper spray, a Taser and physical force. After the officers called for backup, it’s believed brass knuckles were used against them, RCMP said.
At one point, the attackers took the Taser from the officers and tried to take their service pistols, RCMP said.
The officers eventually escaped and waited for backup.
Emergency medical services took the two injured officers to the Peace River Community Hospital, where one man with two years of RCMP service was treated for cuts, abrasions, swelling and a broken nose before he was released later that morning.
A woman with one year of RCMP service was taken by air ambulance to hospital in Edmonton with broken facial bones and other injuries. She is in serious but not life-threatening condition.
Patrick Ramsey Carifelle, 30, Keith Roland Carifelle, 22, and Clinton Miles Carifelle, 19, all of Cadotte Lake, have been charged with a number of assault-related offences. Each of the men faces two counts of assaulting a police officer, aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, disarming a peace officer, attempting to disarm a peace officer, two counts of choking to overcome and theft under $5,000.
Clinton Miles Carifelle has also been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and use of a weapon in the commission of an offence.
The men have been remanded in custody and will appear in Peace River provincial court on April 12.
Cadotte Lake is about 500 kilometres north of Edmonton.