The Cold Lake Energy Centre was met with a heightened police response following a concerning incident involving an individual wielding a weapon on the second floor.
Around 8:30 AM on February 9th, a disturbance involving a weapon unfolded near the rear of the Reid Field House on the Energy Centers second floor. A vigilant municipal enforcement officer on patrol encountered the individual involved and discovered the presence of the weapon, prompting an immediate call for RCMP assistance.
Mayor Craig Copeland expressed apprehension, remarking, “This incident could have gone very wrong. We are looking at ways of providing more security for patrons, but we’re struggling to keep up with this escalation of potential violence in our community.”
RCMP swiftly intervened, detaining one individual without any reported injuries to facility users or staff. As a precautionary measure, adjacent agencies housed within the Energy Centre, including Cold Lake High School and Portage College, were promptly informed of the situation.
Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, while reassessing security protocol to prevent future occurrences.