2 Mounties shot, in hospital, suspect at large in Alberta

Police contain the scene where two RCMP officers were shot in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. St. Albert RCMP say the two officers were shot at about 3 a.m. inside the Apex Casino, northwest of Edmonton, after responding to a stolen car investigation that led to "an interaction with a civilian." The suspect is still at large and is considered to be armed and dangerous. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

ST. ALBERT, Alberta (AP) — Two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were seriously wounded Saturday after they were shot at a casino in the central Alberta city of St. Albert. Police were searching for an armed suspect.

St. Albert RCMP said the officers were investigating a stolen vehicle complaint that led to an interaction with a civilian when they were shot around 3 a.m. Saturday at the Apex Casino. RCMP Criminal Operations Officer Marlin Degrand said the officers did not have a chance to fire back at the suspect, who fled the scene.

Degrand said one officer is in very grave condition and the other is in stable but serious condition at a local hospital. Officials have not yet released their names as the RCMP is still in the process of contacting their family members.

“Any time our members have been shot and are in hospital we consider it serious,” said Insp. Gibson Glavin. He said police were searching for the suspect near the Sturgeon Valley Golf Club in St. Albert, which is northwest of Edmonton.

Glavin described the suspect as a white male, aged 25 to 35, who should be considered armed and dangerous.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper released a statement on Twitter expressing his concern over the shooting.

“Canada’s thoughts & prayers are with RCMP Alberta officers today as they deal with an ongoing shooting investigation in the St. Albert area,” Harper’s tweet read.

RCMP said they cannot release information on the number of witnesses at the scene or the number of shots fired, as the shootings remain part of an active investigation.

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