RCMP searching for fourth suspect after shooting

August 30, 2018 10:12 am

RCMP have captured three suspects and are searching for a fourth after a Mountie was shot Wednesday night in Onanole, Man.

The officer was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after the shooting in the small community 150 km east of Moosomin on Wednesday night.

Manitoba RCMP held a news conference Thursday morning to update the public on the investigation.

Assistant Commander Scott Kolody said officers were responding to a report of a break-in at a residence in the area.

As soon as the officers got out of their vehicle, they were fired at, and one of the officers was hit.

Kolody said he visited the hospital in Winnipeg where the officer is receiving treatment and met with his family.

"As you can imagine, they are deeply shaken by this incident," Kolody said.

STARS Air Ambulance was dispatched from Winnipeg at about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The officer, who was in stable condition, was taken to the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, arriving around 1:15 a.m.

At the news conference in Winnipeg, Kolody said the officer was conscious earlier on Thursday, but his injuries are serious.

"The RCMP is truly a large family and what has unfolded in the last few hours truly affects every officer and employee from coast to coast. I know it touches many Canadians as well," he said.

Police set up roadblocks around the town overnight and early Thursday morning, limiting access to the community, and checked all vehicles going in and out. Residents were warned to lock their doors and windows.

Earlier on Thursday, RCMP said the suspects were last seen on Highway 262.

That road remained closed from Highway 10, in Onanole, and southeast for about 30 kilometres, to Highway 357.