Two RCMP officers shot in Alberta; house surrounded

Tue Feb 7, 2012 10:45pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - Two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were shot and wounded in the western province of Alberta, the national police force said on Tuesday.

The two officers were shot while trying to execute a search warrant at a rural residence near Killam, Alberta, southeast of Edmonton. Police have surrounded the house and think one or two suspects may be inside.

"We are looking for, we believe, a second male, and we don't yet know whether he is in that residence or the area around it. Again the first male we believe is still in the residence. We are trying to assess that," RCMP officer Rick Taylor told a televised press conference.

Taylor said the two officers were undergoing surgery in Edmonton, but he was not sure of their condition. The two were able to give some information en route to hospital.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Hodgson; Editing by Eric Walsh)