An armed man wanted in connection with three homicides at a rural home near Edson, Alta., was shot by police Tuesday when officers tried to arrest him.

Mickell Clayton Bailey, 19, was wounded and taken to an Edmonton hospital with injuries police call "serious."

Police say Bailey will be charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Roxanne Berube, 36, and Jazmine Miller, 16, and second-degree murder in the death of Daniel Miller.

Roxanne Berube

Roxanne Berube (Facebook)

 

All three were found dead Sunday in their rural home outside of Edson, about 200 kilometres west of Edmonton.

"They knew each other," RCMP Supt. Gary Steinke said of Bailey and the victims. "It wasn't a random homicide."

Steinke, in charge of the RCMP serious crimes unit in Edmonton, said police identified a suspect rather quickly in this case because residents in the area came forward with helpful information.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is now at the scene of Tuesday's shooting and will investigate.

ASIRT investigates all incidents involving Alberta police officers that result in serious injury or death.