16-year-old arrested after pointing loaded gun at Edmonton police officer from stolen car

On Dec. 15 at around 12:10 a.m. a member of EPS’s targeted response to auto-theft prevention team (TRAP), operating an unmarked police vehicle, noticed a Toyota Matrix car with a stolen licence plate when he was in the area of Warwick Road and 119 Street.

Shortly after, the teen pulled up next to the unmarked police car, pointed a handgun at the officer and then fled the scene, ignoring a traffic stop that was set up by other police officers to stop him, according to police.

The teen drove into Fort Saskatchewan and then his car came to a stop after hitting the garage door of a house where he was arrested.

Officers add they found a loaded handgun in the driver’s waistband upon arrest. Police investigations confirmed that the Toyota Matrix was in fact stolen, as well as the licence plate.

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“Stolen vehicles are very dangerous for the public and for our officers,” said TRAP acting Staff Sgt. Ian Strom.

“In this instance alone, a youth with no regard for public safety pointed a firearm at another motorist who happened to be a police officer.”

The teen was charged with 16 offences, including pointing a firearm, possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, prohibited firearm in vehicle, careless use/storage of a firearm, flight from officer and three counts of breaching condition of a release order.

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