Dangerous suspect is captured and charged

  • Jun. 12, 2013 7:25 p.m.

A man who was on the run and wanted by police has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, among others after an incident over the weekend.

Andrew Allan Waunch, 30, of no fixed address is facing numerous charges stemming from incidents that have occurred in Central Alberta recently.

On June 9th at 7 p.m. Red Deer City RCMP responded to a complaint of a robbery with a firearm where the suspect stole a vehicle from the victim.

At 11 p.m. RCMP located the stolen vehicle in the Creekside Trailer Park. RCMP initiated a traffic stop, however, the vehicle fled from police. A pursuit ensued outside of the City where shots were fired from the suspect vehicle at a police cruiser.

The suspect vehicle evaded police and was located abandoned near Olds where a black Dodge truck was reported stolen. Through police investigation it was determined that the truck, driven by the same suspect from the earlier incidents in Red Deer, had been driven back into Red Deer and was located in the south end of the City.

As RCMP attempted a traffic stop with the stolen truck another pursuit ensued. A police spike belt was utilized causing the tires of the suspect vehicle to deflate. Waunch fled from the vehicle and attempted to run on foot from police. He was caught and arrested.

No one, including the officers involved in this incident sustained any injuries.

Waunch has been charged with attempted murder, robbery with a firearm, theft over $5,000, use of a firearm while fleeing from police, kidnapping, use of a firearm while committing an indictable offence, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, discharging a firearm to prevent arrest, discharge of a restricted firearm while being reckless and being an occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm in the motor vehicle.

He also faces two counts of flight from police and two counts of dangerous driving.

RCMP members also shut down part of 32 St. near the Red Deer County building Monday as part of this investigation, RCMP Cpl. Sarah Knelsen said. Investigators were there for a number of hours, but will not comment further.

Waunch will make his first court appearance in Red Deer on June 14th.

– Fawcett

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