Driver arrested after Alberta Mountie killed in off duty cycling collision
EDSON, Alta. — RCMP say a cyclist who was killed in a collision in western Alberta was an off-duty officer with the Edson detachment.
Mounties say they responded to a call Wednesday night near Edson where a cyclist had been struck by a vehicle.
They say the cyclist, who has been identified as Const. Austin MacDougall, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It was approximately 9:00 p.m. on Range Road 181 west of Edson,” said Sgt. Barry LaRocque, an RCMP spokesman.
Justin Lyle Jensen, 35, of Yellowhead County has been charged with impaired driving causing death and refusing to comply with the demand of a peace officer.
The town of Edson issued a statement Thursday saying flags at all public facilities will be lowered to half-mast to mark the loss.
“Const. MacDougall was very involved in the community and the town of Edson sends condolences to his family and to the RCMP detachment at this time,” the statement read.
“You know in a small town, the RCMP is a part of your community. They come to your events, they show up at things. It kind of hits the community hard,” Mayor Greg Pasychny said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
“My understanding is that he (MacDougall) was a very happy gentleman. Everybody liked him. He was just one of those guys, you know. This is tragic for something like this to happen.”
News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2017
Subscription CentreNew Subscription Already a Subscriber Customer Service View Digital Magazine Renew
Quebec gun lobby group backtracks on plan for rally at Polytechnique memorial siteMONTREAL — Amid swift and widespread outrage, a pro-gun lobby…
Prairie provinces take top three spots in murder rates in 2016REGINA — The Prairies occupy two of the top three…
Cops blast Montreal mayor over her openness toward memorial for shooting victimMONTREAL — The union representing Montreal police officers criticized Mayor…
CP and Canadian Pacific Police Association reach tentative five-year agreementCanadian Pacific (CP) and the Canadian Pacific Police Association (CPPA)…
Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Career-Fair
January 18, 2018
NSSF Shot Show 2018
January 23-26, 2018
Paramedic Nat's 2nd Annual Evening For Mental Health
January 27, 2018
3rd Annual Mission 500 Hockey Classic
February 15, 2018