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RCMP Officers Shoot Teen Suspect In Fort McMurray, Cleared By Provincial Investigators

04/18/2013 05:51 EDT | Updated 06/18/2013 05:12 EDT
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CALGARY - Two northern Alberta RCMP officers who shot and seriously injured a teen suspect during a stolen car investigation will not face criminal charges.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, known as ASIRT, says the officers were justified in shooting at the driver, who turned out to be 16 years old.

ASIRT says police had boxed the car in at an intersection in Fort McMurray in February 2012 and ordered the driver to get out.

He instead tried to smash his way out of the barricade and drove toward a Mountie.

That's when two other officers each fired from their service weapons — one round struck the driver and the other round lodged in the vehicle.

A passenger in the car was able to stop it and the driver was taken to hospital.

The complete file on the ASIRT investigation was reviewed by Alberta Justice and the Crown decided against any charges.

ASIRT reviews events or complaints that involve serious injury or death that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer.

The RCMP says it will now do its own review.

“The sad fact is that although ASIRT’s independent investigation has found that the officers involved acted lawfully in the execution of their duties, a young man was seriously injured in this incident," assistant commissioner Marianne Ryan, criminal operations officer for the RCMP in Alberta, said in a release Thursday.

She said the RCMP will not be providing further comment.

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