'Mantracker' riding partner shot, wounded by RCMP
Injured man identified as 'horse whisperer' who guided reality TV cowboy
A suspected impaired driver who was shot and wounded by Alberta Mounties has been identified as a regular character on the Canadian reality TV show Mantracker.
A relative said Friday that Curtis Hallock was shot in the leg and arm and was to have surgery in hospital.
RCMP have released few details about the shooting, but they have said two officers were trying to pull over a vehicle on Thursday night in Grande Cache. A confrontation ensued and a man was shot.
He fled, but was caught a short time later and taken to the local hospital.
Mantracker airs on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) and features an expert tracker and his sidekick on horseback who pursue two contestants in the remote wilderness.
The show's website describes Hallock as "the horse whisperer," a mountain guide in his mid-30s who has lived off the land near Grande Cache, on the northern edge of Jasper National Park, his entire life.
"Grizzly bear encounters and raging river crossings on horseback are nothing new to this Native horseman," the site says.
"He cares for a herd of horses that roam free in the area and he considers the rugged wilderness and dense bush his own backyard."
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating the shooting. ASIRT reviews events or complaints that involve serious injury or death involving police officers.