As a result of further investigations by the Southern Alberta District General Investigation Section (GIS), more charges have been laid against 27-year-old Austin Desylva of Canmore. 

The charges stem from an officer-involved shooting that took place in Canmore on February 24 when a Banff RCMP officer pursued the suspect during a traffic stop and was shot at. The officer fired back and Desylva suffered a gunshot injury and was airlifted to the hospital. 

Desylva now faces the following additional charges:  

  • Attempted murder with a firearm
  • Discharging firearm with intent
  • Discharging firearm – recklessness (x3)
  • Prohibited or restricted firearm: with ammunition
  • Possession of weapon obtained by crime
  • Firearm or weapon: possession contrary to prohibition order
  • Flight from a peace officer
  • Dangerous operation
  • Assaulting peace officer with a weapon
  • Resisting or obstructing a peace officer
  • Failing to comply with release order (x2)
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking

Desylva remains in custody and will appear in Canmore Provincial Court on March 29, 2023. 

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