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Gunfire exchange leads to charges for Canmore, Alta., man: RCMP

A 27-year-old resident of Canmore, Alta. has been charged following an incident where police say he exchanged gunfire with an officer. (CBC / Radio-Canada - image credit)
A 27-year-old resident of Canmore, Alta. has been charged following an incident where police say he exchanged gunfire with an officer. (CBC / Radio-Canada - image credit)

A Canmore, Alta., resident has been charged following an officer-involved shooting in the mountain town.

On Friday night at around 11:15 p.m. police said a 27-year-old man exchanged gunfire with a Banff RCMP officer during a traffic stop.

In an updated release sent Sunday afternoon, RCMP said the man was charged with two offences: discharge a firearm with intent and aggravated assault of a peace officer.

Police said that after the altercation this weekend, the suspect fled in his vehicle and then on foot into a wooded area. He was located a short time later and then airlifted to a Calgary hospital with serious injuries after he was shot by the officer.

The man was remanded into custody and will be appearing in Canmore Provincial Court. RCMP said the investigation is ongoing and further charges may be laid and are encouraging area residents to report any property damage that may have occurred as a result of this incident.

No officers were injured, police say. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is now investigating.