Yukon RCMP officer, suspect shot in Whitehorse

Cop, suspect shot

Yukon RCMP say both an officer and a suspect have been shot during a confrontation in Whitehorse.

RCMP Chief Supt. Scott Sheppard says officers from Yukon, B.C. and the Northwest Territories were at a home to arrest a man on Wednesday whom they considered a “high risk, prolific offender” when he fled on foot.

Sheppard says the man approached a police officer and an “incident” occurred where both the officer and the suspect were shot.

He says both people sustained serious injuries and are in stable condition in hospital.

Police say the suspect is facing a string of charges including attempted murder.

Sharon Craig, with the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, which investigates police-involved shootings in Whitehorse, confirmed that an investigation had been launched and that more information would be released next week.

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