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Four charged after Namao gas station break-in

Suspects fled from Namao to Regency Estates with police in pursuit
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Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has charged four people who are suspected of breaking in to a Petro Canada gas station early Monday morning.

EPS announced Wednesday it had laid charges against three men and one woman in connection with the alleged crime, which saw police chase four suspects from Namao to Regency Estates and shoot one in the leg.

James Leblanc, 37, Trevor Sewepegaham, 42, Kieran Goldsmith, 42, and Ashlyn Tomalty, 33, each face charges of break-and-enter to commit theft.

Tomalty has also been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a weapon, flight from peace officer, dangerous operation of a vehicle, driving while prohibited, possession of stolen property over $5,000, and a breach.

Officers came upon the suspected break-and-enter in progress around Range Road 244 and Highway 37 at around 4:10 a.m. Monday morning. When the officers approached the suspects, they fled in a truck and contact occurred between their vehicle and the EPS vehicle, at which point officers discharged their service pistols.

Officers chased the suspects to the area of 25005 Sturgeon Road, where the truck hit the ditch. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), which is investigating the incident, said Tuesday afternoon one occupant fled on foot.

The suspects then drove out of the ditch and collided with the police vehicle again, prompting officers to fire on them for a second time. EPS chased the suspects until the truck hit a tree, and the remaining three occupants were arrested without further incident. The individual who fled on foot was arrested separately.

ASIRT said a 37-year old man who had been a passenger in the truck was shot twice in the leg. He was treated and transported to hospital, then released into custody. No one else was injured.




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