Man suspected in attempted murder captured; accomplice remains at large

A man wanted as the result of an attempted murder near Sylvan Lake was captured after firing shots at police in Red Deer Sunday evening.

A man wanted as the result of an attempted murder near Sylvan Lake was captured after firing shots at police in Red Deer Sunday evening.

Andrew Allan Waunch, 30, also known as Navee, is a suspect in an attempted murder which occurred near Sylvan Lake June 3, as well as theft of a vehicle at gunpoint just outside of Olds last Friday.

Ashley Chambers, 23, is also sought in connection with the same offences. She remains at large and warrants are currently in effect for her arrest.

Sylvan Lake RCMP issued a plea for information about the location of the pair, last Friday.

Then about 7 p.m. Sunday, Red Deer City RCMP responded to a complaint of a truck being stolen by a man brandishing a firearm. They located the stolen truck in Creekside Trailer Park about 11 p.m. and attempted to stop it. A pursuit ensued outside Red Deer where shots were fired at police by the driver who evaded them, said Cst. Sarah Knelsen in a news release.

The vehicle was found abandoned near Olds where another vehicle had been 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 in the south end, indicated Knelsen.

Attempting to stop the truck, another pursuit ensued during which a spike belt was used by police to flatten the tires of the fleeing vehicle. The driver attempted to run away but was caught by police and arrested.

No one, including the police officers involved in the incident, sustained any injuries, Knelsen reported.

An update issued by police on Monday indicated the investigation into the attempted murder near Sylvan Lake is continuing. “At this time, little information is being released, including the name of the victim, to protect his identity, and ensure his safety as the investigation moves forward,” stated Sgt. Patricia Neely, “K” Division South media relations officer.

Waunch faces a number of charges including attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, firearms offences, flight from police, and dangerous driving.

He will make his first court appearance tomorrow (Friday).