Attempted murder charges laid in stand-off with RCMP

A 38-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after two RCMP officers were shot in a stand-off near Breton, Alta.

Accused faces 12 charges

A 38-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in the shootings of two RCMP officers during a stand-off near Breton, Alta., early Sunday morning.

Bradley Wayne Beaver faces three counts of attempted murder, two counts of endangering the life of a peace officer and a number of firearms charges.

The officers, who were both Red Deer members of the RCMP Emergency Response Team, were wounded in an exchange of gunfire at a rural home near Breton around 3:30 Sunday morning.

The third attempted murder charge relates to the shooting of a 35-year-old man who first brought police to the rural property after calling them around 5:20 p.m. Saturday.

The standoff ended around 10:45 a.m. Sunday after a man and a woman were taken into custody. Both were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

One of the wounded police officers has been discharged from hospital. The other is expected to be released on Thursday.

RCMP Sgt. Tim Taniguchi says it isn't clear when that officer will be able to return to work.

"We're giving him as much support to him and his family as possible," Taniguchi said. "At this point, we're just thankful that he's alive and okay."

No charges were laid against the woman. Beaver was charged and remanded into custody after he was released from hospital.

He will make his first court appearance in Breton on Dec. 14.