RCMP make arrest in firearm incident

Leader staff

A resident of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River is facing charges after he threatened another person with a gun. The 68-year-old man fired his gun into the ground, say the RCMP, then pointed in “near the victim’s face.”

This happened on Oct. 28, about four in the afternoon.

According to the news release from RCMP Sgt. and acting detachment commander Casey Bruyns, police first heard about the incident the following morning. The person who reported it said he had been looking at something for sale, when he was approached by a man who “began yelling at him, before discharging a firearm into the ground and then pointing (it) near the victim’s face.”

The man with the gun further told the complainant if he returned, he’d be shot in the face. He was eventually able to leave, unharmed.

Visiting the residence of the gun owner, RCMP say they found “what appeared to be a prohibited firearm in plain view.” After obtaining a search warrant, police found and seized the gun “and other items,” says the release.

The upshot is the 68-year-old is facing the following charges:

Pointing a firearm, careless use of a firearm, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, discharging a firearm while being reckless and possession of a controlled substance.

The man was released and is due to appear in Slave Lake Provincial Court on Jan. 11, 2023.

“Slave Lake RCMP want to remind residents of Slave Lake and M.D. 124 that reports play an important role in our investigations,” says Bruyns in his news release. “They tell us where to look, who to look for and where to patrol in the future so to report any suspicious activity so it can be investigated by detachment members.”

The Slave Lake RCMP continues to investigate the matter.

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