EDMONTON — RCMP shot a suspect wanted in a triple homicide west of Edmonton while trying to arrest him at a location close to where the bodies were found on the weekend.
Supt. Gary Steinke said Mickell Clayton Bailey, 19, of Edson, was transported to hospital with serious injuries.
"Efforts to arrest the armed suspect peacefully were not successful today and he was shot by police," Steinke told a news conference Tuesday in Edmonton.
"This is a crime that has shocked local citizens, police and all Albertans. The murder of three innocent victims in their own home is unsettling for even the most seasoned police investigator."
Mounties found the bodies of Roxanne Berube, 36, another female and Daniel Miller on Sunday in the home they shared near Edson, just over 200 kilometres west of Edmonton.
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Autopsies have not yet been completed, but a police spokesman has said the victims suffered "obvious trauma."
Police have not released the name of the second female, but friends and family on Facebook identified her as Berube's teenage daughter.
Steinke said they have yet to positively identify the girl.
Bailey has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder.
Steinke said Bailey was known to at least one of the people who was killed.
He would not say if Bailey fired at police, nor would he elaborate on the relationship between Bailey and any of the victims.
An Alberta Justice department unit that reviews serious incidents involving police was on the scene of the shooting and investigating.
Mounties were able to find Bailey quickly, mainly thanks to tips from people in the area, Steinke said.
One person responsible
Police were not searching for any other suspects.
"Our investigation has lead us to believe that one person was responsible, and one person only was responsible,'' Steinke said.
Edson Mayor Greg Pasychny said the community has been on edge since the weekend as people wondered how someone could commit such a crime.
When he heard that RCMP had made an arrest, Pasychny said he went around town to share the news in the hope that it would put them at ease.
"You could see the sense of relief on people that somebody had been apprehended," Pasychny said.
"I was in the drug store talking about it and people there were saying, 'Oh, they caught him'.
"I think our community and the surrounding community where it occurred can sleep a little bit better knowing that he has been apprehended."
Alberta Justice officials said Bailey does not have a criminal record.
RCMP said they were responding to a call from someone outside the home when they found the bodies.
Roxanne Ruth Berube and her daughter Jazmine Miller. (Photo: Roxanne Ruth Berube/Facebook)
Sylvia Standing said Berube, her goddaughter, was a mother of five. Berube's Facebook page said she started working at McDonald's in Edson in October.
One of Berube's co-workers, who didn't want to be named, described Berube as a good worker and a nice person.
According to her Facebook page, Berube was a fan of country and western music and an avid ATVer.
She and Miller had apparently met in the late summer of 2013, with Berube announcing to friends "my boyfriend ... and I have 10 kids between us and 2 grand babies."
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