RCMP investigate shooting involving police officer in Whitehorse, Yukon

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On September 28, at approximately 7:30 p.m., police attempted to execute a search warrant at a home in the a Porter Creek area of Whitehorse.

The warrant was for the arrest of Sheldon Keobke who was considered a high-risk prolific offender, and police believed him to be armed.

Previous attempts to take the suspect into custody had been unsuccessful, as he had taken dangerous actions to evade police. Therefore, the critical incident program or CIP was set up to facilitate the arrest.

The CIP included resources from the Yukon RCMP Emergency Response Team, Yukon RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, Federal Investigations Unit, Police Dog Section, and Whitehorse Detachment. Emergency Response Team officers from the Northwest Territories and British Columbia also attended to provide support.

When police officers attempted to arrest Mr. Keobke, he fled the scene on foot and approached another officer conducting perimeter security in the area.

Gunfire was exchanged, and as a result an officer of the Yukon RCMP was shot and sustained serious injuries. The suspect was also shot and sustained serious injuries.

Sheldon Keobke was taken into custody and members of the Emergency Response Team immediately provided lifesaving first aid to both the injured officer and the suspect. Both were then transported to the Whitehorse General Hospital where they received medical care.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been consulted. ASIRT has been formally engaged by the Department of Justice -Assistant Deputy Minister and are enroute to the Territory to investigate police actions.

Sheldon Lawrence Keobke, age 35 of Whitehorse, is charged with the following offences:

  • 3 counts of Failing to comply with release order condition
  • Resist/Obstruct peace officer
  • Attempted murder with firearm
  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Unauthorized possession of a restricted weapon
  • Weapons possession contrary to order
  • Possession of loaded restricted firearm

Mr. Keobke is being treated for his injuries and more details will be provided by investigator at a later date as this investigation is ongoing.

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