The RCMP in western New Brunswick is searching for three suspects after someone shot and narrowly missed two Justice and Public Safety peace officers who were patrolling a marked van Friday morning.
One of the officers received minor injuries during a chase on the Trans-Canada Highway that began when officers saw a small, gray or silver four-door car speeding the wrong way in westbound lanes near Ritchie, NB, at 9:20 am.
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When law enforcement officers began following the vehicle, it entered an emergency course change area and headed in the correct direction in the eastbound lanes.
When the Public Safety SUV attempted to pull over to the side of the car, a passenger in the back seat fired into the officers’ vehicle, hitting the passenger side window and the driver’s headrest.
The suspects’ car then turned around and was last seen driving the wrong way in eastbound lanes.
The driver is described as a man in his 20s, wearing a black cap and dark glasses, but there was no description of the other two people in the car.
“This is a very serious incident,” RCMP Cpl. Hans Ouellette said in an interview. “When it happened on November 5, we posted on social media that we were in the area and asked residents to stay away.”
The RCMP says it is interested in speaking with anyone who was driving Trans-Canada on November 5, between 8:45 and 9:45 am, between kilometers 212 and 227. The Mounties are also interested in talk to anyone who may have a dash cam or other images of the area during that time.
This Canadian Press report was first published on November 9, 2021.
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