Wood Buffalo RCMP investigate an assault after a road rage incident – Update 1

Posted on Dec 19, 2017

December 19, 2017

Fort McMurray, Alberta – On December 15, 2017 at approximately 11:33 a.m., the Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing in the Tamarack Village parking lot on Franklin Avenue in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The police investigation determined George Gerald Targett stabbed a male who attempted to intervene in a road rage incident between George Targett and another driver.

George Gerald Targett, a 44 year old male, was charged for:

  • Assault Causing Bodily Harm, and
  • Intimidation.

George Targett was held in police custody until he appeared for a hearing in Fort McMurray court on December 18, 2017. Targett was released from police custody and is to appear in court in Fort McMurray, Alberta on January 24, 2017.

This matter is now before the courts. No further updates will be completed.

Police would like to thank the members of the public who assisted at the scene. Wood Buffalo Victim Services continue to offer their assistance in this investigation.

If you have information regarding this incident, please contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

Media Contact:
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC
780-215-1405


BACKGROUND:

December 15, 2017

Fort McMurray, Alberta – On December 15, 2017 at approximately 11:33 a.m., the Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing in the Tamarack Village parking lot on Franklin Avenue in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

When police arrived on scene, many witnesses were able to provide details on the incident. A road rage incident occurred between two motorists, who stopped in the Tamarack Village parking lot, exited their vehicles, and continued into a verbal argument. Another adult male attempted to intervene to diffuse the situation, but as a result was assaulted by the male motorist. The victim suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported by Emergency Medical Services to hospital for treatment. No other people were injured in this incident.

The suspect was identified on scene, arrested, and has been lodged in police cells.

The RCMP are continuing to investigate this matter.

Police would like to thank the members of the public who assisted at the scene. Wood Buffalo Victim Services continue to offer their assistance in this investigation.

If you have information regarding this incident, please contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

Media Contact:
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC
780-215-1405