More information is coming in regarding the violent series of events in St. Paul, Alberta.
RCMP have now confirmed the death of the suspect, who is John Carlos Quadros, age 55, of St. Paul.
They are not confirming the identity of the other victim, but church officials in Alberta confirm a priest died during a terrifying series of incidents that injured several police officers and left a suspect dead.
Lorraine Turchansky, a spokeswoman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, confirms that Father Gilbert Dasna died Friday.
RCMP say the death of the priest is considered a homicide.
Mounties say they transported an injured man to hospital in St. Paul, northeast of Edmonton, on Friday afternoon after responding to a distress call in the town.
At about the same time, gunshots rang out outside the town’s RCMP detachment, and police began hunting for a black Dodge pickup that was seen leaving the area.
Police say the truck later rammed a police cruiser, seriously injuring an officer inside and leading to a shootout that left the suspect in the truck dead.
The man who police took to hospital was Dasna and he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Police say they don’t know if the death is connected either to Friday night’s incident or the suspect who was in the Dodge truck.
A female Mountie, who was in the police vehicle that was rammed, suffered serious injuries to both legs and was airlifted to an Edmonton hospital where she was listed in stable condition.
A male officer suffered a bullet wound to a hand, and a third officer, also male, was hit by flying glass when a bullet struck the window of his cruiser.
Both Mounties were treated and released.
Officials said investigators don’t yet know the motive for the violence, adding it’s just lucky no innocent bystanders were injured.
Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Jonathan Denis issued this statement in response to the shooting.
“The terrible events this evening in St. Paul are a reminder of the very real dangers faced by law enforcement, as they put themselves at risk in the line of duty to protect and serve Albertans.
I am also grateful to the many personnel who responded on scene, for their assistance.
On behalf of Premier Hancock and all Albertans, I extend my thoughts and prayers to everyone and their families affected by this serious incident.”
St. Paul Mayor Glenn Andersen described what it’s been like since the shocking incident.
“Choas and that’s to be understandable because it’s unusual for a small community like this to have this happen,” he said.
“We don’t really expect it here, so there’s a lot of emotions and conversations happening now because it is virtually unknown turf for St. Paul to have something like this happen. It’s going to take some time for us to work through this.”
Andersen added the RCMP and the clergy have big roles in the community and he’s urging people to seek emotional help and support.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is now investigating.