Police in central Alberta are trying to identify a suspect in an incident in Red Deer that left a man in his 20s injured Tuesday.

RCMP said the incident took place at about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. It’s believed the 23-year-old male who was injured in the incident had surprised the suspect, who was trying to break into his garage.

Police said the suspect was armed with a small-calibre firearm and a machete – the male suffered non-life threatening wounds, a gunshot wound to his back and a number of cuts from the machete.

The suspect is described as:

  • Aboriginal male
  • Early 20s
  • Between 172.5 cm (5’8”) and 177.5 cm (5’10”) tall
  • Between 63.5 kg (140 lbs) and 72.6 kg (160 lbs)
  • Sunken face
  • Black shoulder-length hair

The suspect was wearing a black hat, blue turtleneck compression-style shirt under a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, baggy faded blue jeans and skate shoes. He was carrying a short-barrel firearm with a light-coloured wood stock and a black strap.

RCMP are investigating whether this case was related to a shooting on September 11, where a victim suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot with a small-calibre weapon in downtown Red Deer.

In that case it’s unclear if the injuries were caused by a BB gun or a small calibre rifle – the suspect was described as possibly Aboriginal, the individual was wearing a black hoodie with the hood up at the time.

RCMP are asking anyone with information on either case to call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).