An RCMP officer was given a one year conditional discharge Tuesday after shooting a man during a vehicle stop northeast of Edmonton in 2011.
Const. Jason Clace had faced five charges after pulling over a vehicle in the town of Boyle, Alta. following a highway chase on Sept. 23, 2011.
During the stop, Clace pulled his weapon and shot one of the two suspects. The victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Nobody else was hurt in the incident.
“Police work often involves making split-second decisions and those decisions can have serious consequences,” said Curtis Zablocki, acting criminal operations officer for the Alberta RCMP in a news release.
“In this case, our member made a judgment call and has been subject to the processes in place to ensure police accountability.”
Conditions of Clace’s discharge included 150 hours of community service work, which must be completed within a year.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) laid numerous charges against Clace including reckless discharge of a firearm; discharging a firearm with intent to wound, maim or disfigure; aggravated assault; use of a firearm while committing an indictable offence and careless use of a firearm.
ASIRT is an independent agency that investigates incidents involving police which results in death or serious injury in Alberta.
An internal investigation into the incident is ongoing.