Alleged stabbing of a undercover officer in Barriere

RCMP in Barriere

Kamloops This Week

A murder suspect arrested last week near Kamloops in connection with the stabbing of an undercover cop is the son of a former Edmonton police chief who stepped down amid a storm of controversy in 2000.

Kamloops This Week (KTW)has learned Mark Lindsay, the 24-year-old man who remains in custody following his arrest by Kamloops RCMP on Wednesday, Sept. 21, is the son of John Lindsay, former chief of the Edmonton Police Service.

John Lindsay resigned as police chief in November 2000 after months of controversy surrounding the department, including allegations he had been turning a blind eye to organized crime corruption within the force.

Mark Lindsay is the suspect in an Edmonton homicide investigation and had apparently been the target of an RCMP “Mr. Big” operation until he allegedly stabbed one of the undercover officers involved last week in Barriere.

The alleged stabbing took place at about 12:45 a.m. on Sept. 21, while Lindsay and the undercover officer travelled in a pickup truck from Edmonton to an unknown location in B.C.

The injured officer was able to call for medical help and Kamloops RCMP set up roadblocks north of the city.

Lindsay was arrested near McLure.

He is now facing charges in Kamloops provincial court of robbery and possession of a weapon.

Suspects in murder cases are sometimes targeted by the RCMP for so-called “Mr. Big” operations, in which undercover officers pretend to be members of a criminal organization in an attempt to gain the trust of the suspect.

Posing as criminals, the officers attempt to recruit their target into a fictitious gang.

Typically, the suspect travels across Canada performing tasks for the group — often involving moving packages and sometimes depicting staged violence.

The operations generally culminate in a meeting with a “boss” — Mr. Big — where the suspect is asked to come clean about any previous crimes.

While Lindsay has been identified by the RCMP as a homicide suspect, he has never been publicly named. It is also unknown what murder he is suspected of committing.

What is known is that Lindsay entered a guilty plea in August in an Edmonton courtroom to one count of assault with a weapon after stabbing his girlfriend, 31-year-old Dana Turner, in the head with a paring knife nearly two months earlier.

He was handed a conditional sentence order and an 18-month probation term and released from custody on Aug. 12. Turner went missing on Aug. 14 and has not been seen since.

Last week, after Lindsay had been arrested in Kamloops, Alberta RCMP released a statement saying they had found Turner’s vehicle, but wouldn’t say when or where it was located.

Police in B.C. and Alberta are not saying anything about Lindsay and the story is going largely unreported.

RCMP media liaisons in both provinces have been citing a publication ban on the file, refusing to offer any comments. While there is a publication ban on Lindsay’s file in Kamloops, there has been no bail hearing and no evidence has yet been banned.

Lindsay is slated to appear in a Kamloops courtroom on Monday, Oct. 3, for a bail hearing. It is not yet known if his father will be present for that hearing, or if he will attempt to act as a surety for bail.

John Lindsay is now a deacon in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.

Attempts by KTW to contact him were unsuccessful.


Just Posted

This bird’s eye view shows the tanker truck fire on Highway 24. (Photo taken by Kurtis Rainer)
UPDATE: Highway 24 open to single-lane traffic after fuel tanker fire

Driver pulled into the runaway lane after the truck wheels caught fire

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

(TNRD Library)
Let the mystery of the Summer Reading Club begin

Are you ready to ‘Crack the Case’ at the Barriere Library?

(Metro Creative photo)
Gardeners of all ages invited to enter 2021 NT Fall Fair contests

The North Thompson Fall Fair Drive Thru scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4,… Continue reading

Milsom Lodge was built in the East Barriere Valley when the Milsom brothers purchased two parcels of land in 1911, DL 2323 and DL2324. (Milsom’s photo)
The Milsom Lodge: The mansion, the ballroom, the history

“At the turn of the century, when so many families were leaving… Continue reading

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read