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Closing arguments in the trial of Alberta Mounties accused of involuntary manslaughter

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EDMONTON –

Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday in the jury trial of two Alberta troopers charged with manslaughter.

Const. Jessica Brown and Cpl. Randy Stenger is charged with the fatal shooting of Clayton Crawford on July 3, 2018, near Whitecourt, northwest of Edmonton.

Both officers testified that they feared for their safety and acted in self-defense.

The pair shot Crawford 10 times while he was inside a purple van at a rest stop.

A day earlier, a truck matching the same description was seen leaving the area of ​​a shootout in the village of Valhalla Center.

When RCMP was notified that the truck was at the rest stop, the court heard that there was confusion as to whether its driver was considered a target or suspect in that shooting.

The jury was also told that when Brown and Stenger approached the truck, it appeared that the man in the driver’s seat was sleeping.

Brown testified that he saw Crawford get between his legs. A third officer smashed the driver’s window with a baton and a struggle ensued.

Brown said Crawford started the truck and began to drive backwards. She said that she thought he was using the truck as a weapon and that she feared for his life and the lives of his colleagues.

Stenger testified that Crawford was trying to run them over, and it was an automatic reaction for him to fire his gun.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 7, 2022.

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