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December 28, 2015 edition of the Red Deer Advocate

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    Red Deer AdvocateMONDAY, DEC. 28, 2015

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    Story on PAGE B7FORECAST ON A2

    WEATHER Snow. High -11. Low -15

    BY MURRAY CRAWFORDADVOCATE STAFF

    More details of the Christmas day rampage and fatal police shooting have emerged, but Red Deer RCMP and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team are looking for more witnesses.

    ASIRT took over carriage of part of the investiga-tion after officers shot and killed a 37-year-old man wreaking havoc in a front-end loader.

    The 37-year-old was fatally shot by police attempt-ing to make an arrest just after 1 p.m. on Dec. 25.

    Red Deer RCMP had followed the vehicle from the industrial area into a field north of Red Deer. ASIRT said during the pursuit, the front-end loader collided with a police vehicle.

    The officer exited their vehicle and fired several shots at the suspect.

    A second officer also fired several shots.The front-end loader proceeded into a field and

    began to move in circles. Other officers who had followed the front-end

    loader were able to get close enough to see the man slumped over in the seat, no longer in control of the front-end loader.

    The front-end loader continued into a wooded area and traveled for another 800 metres where it became stuck against a tree.

    Officers climbed into the loader and turned it off. The man was bleeding and unresponsive. Emergency Medical Services were called in, but the man had died at the scene.

    An autopsy will be performed in the coming days.The man left a wake of destruction in his rampage

    through north Red Deer. After stealing the front-end loader, he damaged

    and flipped over vehicles in both the Edgar and Burnt Lake industrial parks.

    Though mostly causing damage to unoccupied ve-hicles, a truck with people in it was damaged by the man, but no one was seriously hurt.

    Police said the man was sought in relation to a violent incident earlier that morning at a Red Deer home.

    According to a release from the RCMP, a 47-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and an attempted murder was committed on a 20-year-old man.

    ASIRT referred to the early morning incident as intimate partner violence.

    The victims injuries are not life-threatening and they did receive medical treatment.

    Police had a run-in with the man earlier that day at about 11:30 a.m. in Sylvan Lake.

    He was found in a stolen vehicle and when police tried to stop it, he reversed into a marked police car and disabled it. He then fled the scene in the stolen vehicle.

    The identity of the deceased was not released by police, to protect the identity of the victims.

    ASIRT has taken over as investigating agency for the fatal shooting of the suspect.

    Red Deer RCMP and the RCMP Serious Crimes Branch continue their investigation into the attempt-ed murder, sexual assault and theft that precipitated the shooting.

    REBELS TAKE DOWN OIL KINGS

    Photo by ASHLI BARRETT/Advocate staff

    Brandon Hagel of the Red Deer Rebels attempts to slips a puck past Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender Patrick Dea during Sunday WHL action at the Enmax Centrium. The Rebels won 5-4. See related story on page B1.

    ASIRT seeking

    witnesses

    POLICE SHOOTING

    MORE DETAILS EMERGE FROM CHRISTMAS DAY RAMPAGE

    Please see Shooting on Page A2

    BY MURRAY CRAWFORDADVOCATE STAFF

    There was a moment a local teen shared with the Governor General that will stick with the first year uni-versity student.

    Alexander Wozny, a Uni-versity of Ottawa student and Page at the House of Commons, was chatting with Governor General Da-vid Johnston while taking a group photo with the pages.

    We were seated next to each other and he asks me where Im from, said Wo-zny. I told him Red Deer. And he responded oh Red Deer, thats that big me-tropolis between Calgary and Edmonton right.

    It was this really special moment for me. Ive had so many people ask me wheres Red Deer, but heres our Governor General who knows all about it. Asking about how much snow we had and whether we had Chinooks like Calgary.

    Since the start of the school year, Wozny has been pulling double duty as a student and working at Parliament as a page. Pages serve the Speaker, Mem-bers of Parliament and other officials and assist them in their duties.

    Wozny applied the day before the deadline, after a lot of encouragement from his mom and knowing another local person who had also applied.

    My mom brought it up in Grade 11, said Wozny, who attended high school at Lindsay Thurber. We had a former page come back and talk to us some-times.

    When Grade 12 started, Woznys mother became a little more forceful with her encouragement.

    After a little research, Wzony questioned what the program was all about.

    You go to Ottawa and help Members of Parlia-ment? Wozny said with a perplexed inflection.

    Then I watched CPAC and you could see all the pages running around delivering documents.

    Then it dawned on him what the job would real-ly be. Starting his time at the University of Ottawa working with federal politicians who are having an impact on the country, as his first university job and his time in a new city.

    But the program isnt the only venture keeping Wozny busy. He is majoring in political science and communications.

    Among his page colleagues, Wozny said there is a broad range of interests ranging from music, health science and law to politics. An interest in politics is a common thread among to 40 pages.

    Its been really interesting, and enjoyable, said Wozny, who was stuck doing office work until Parlia-ment reconvened after the fall election.

    The pages are excited to get started, but thats al-so true of the new MPs. It was so special to see them enter and it was like the first day of school.

    Wozny is also using this time to look closely at how or what is covered by media outlets during Par-liament sittings.

    He reads news stories and compares them with what he saw or thought would be notable.

    To prepare for their role, pages are required to try and memorize names and faces based off of pic-tures. Early on they rely on seating charts, but Wozny is trying to memorize the seating arrangement so he doesnt have to rely on the chart.

    Were the furniture of the house, said Wozny. Its our job to make sure everything is running smoothly and were supposed to blend into the back-ground.

    mcrawford@reddeeradvocate.com

    Local teen enjoying time as parliamentary page

    Alexander Wozny

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    LOCAL TODAY TONIGHT TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

    REGIONAL OUTLOOK

    WINDCHILL/SUNLIGHT

    GRANDEPRAIRIE-20/-26

    JASPER-7/-16

    BANFF-8/-12

    EDMONTON-12/15

    RED DEER-11/-15

    CALGARY-6/-11

    FORT MCMURRAY-17/-21

    SATURDAY/SUNDAY6/49: 12, 16, 22, 29, 35,

    40 bonus: 8.

    Western 6/49: 8, 15, 27, 31, 36, 48, bonus: 2.

    Extra: 4035227

    Pick 3: 584Numbers are unofficial.

    Periods of snow Light snow. A mix of sun and cloud. Low -15.

    Sunny. Low -16. Sunny. Low -9HIGH -11 LOW -15 HIGH -12 HIGH -10 HIGH -7

    TONIGHTS HIGHS/LOWS

    LETHBRIDGE-8/-14

    Weather

    Windchill/frostbite risk: LowLow: Low riskModerate: 30 minutes exposureHigh -5 to 10 minutes: High risk in 5 to 10 minutesHigh -2 to 5 minutes: High risk in 2 to 5 minutesExtreme: High risk in 2 minutesSunset tonight: 4:29 p.m.Sunrise Tuesday: 8:45 a.m.

    ASIRT investigators are asking anyone who was in the area of Twp Road 391 and Range Road 273 at 1:15 p.m. on Christmas day and who may have seen the confrontation between police and the man.

    Witnesses are asked to call ASIRT at 403-592-4306.Red Deer RCMP are asking for anyone who wit-

    nessed or took videos or pictures of the mayhem on Christmas to send them along to assist the investiga-tion. Anyone with information can contact the RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com.

    mcrawford@reddeeradvocate.com-

    Photo supplied by Alberta Serious Incident Response Team

    Images of the destruction left by a rampaging front-end loader through north Red Deer. The driver was shot and killed by Red Deer RCMP attempted to arrest the susp