UPDATED on December 8: Multiple RCMP Detachments and specialized units responded to assist with this dynamic and fluid investigation. Both suspects shot multiple times at two logging trucks, and fled the scene with the firearms. These firearms were later recovered by police. No person(s) were injured as a result of the actions by those involved.
The Ford F-350 that the suspects are alleged to have stolen was located abandoned and has since been seized by the police who will conduct a forensic examination of the vehicle for evidence.
While the firearms and the stolen truck have been recovered, the suspects remain at large. The investigation is active and ongoing and is a high priority for investigators.
Supt. Brian Edmonds, ‘E’ Division North District Assistant District Officer stated “At the onset of this incident the RCMP have worked to ensure public safety remained paramount in our decision making and coordinated response and will continue to do so as the investigation unfolds. We have dedicated significant local and district resources to this investigation in an effort to identify those persons responsible.”
FORT ST. JAMES, BC: On Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 2:58 am, Fort St. James RCMP were called to the North Road for a report of shots fired…
Suspects attempted to steal some equipment from the North Road and collided with an empty logging truck in the process. Two men got out of their vehicle with long guns and made several shots at the logging truck, and a second logging truck that happened on the scene.
The suspects fled in a logging truck but shortly after abandoned the logging truck and stole a Ford F350.
RCMP quickly set up containment with the assistance of Mackenzie RCMP and Takla Landing RCMP and called the Emergency Response Team and Police Dog Service to assist.
Police have recovered two guns and while reported that two guns were involved, the men should be considered armed and dangerous at this time. There have been no reports of injuries at this time.
Police are asking people to avoid travelling the North Road at this time. If you see these men or the stolen vehicle, call 9-1-1 immediately. Under no circumstances should you try to apprehend them. .
If you have any information about this contact the Fort St James RCMP at (250) 996-8269.
Released as is by North District RCMP