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Battleford RCMP arrest man wanted on a Canada wide warrant

Battleford RCMP arrested a man wanted on a Canada wide warrant last night after being chased and firing at police.

RCMP says it responded to a call of an erratic driver on Highway 4 south of Battleford last night. The officers responding were notified the driver was wanted for parole violations. Police failed to stop the vehicle, a chase took place along grid roads on Highway 4 towards Battleford.

RCMP say a spike strip was used to finally stop the vehicle. The driver got out of the vehicle after being stopped and started firing at an officer, the officer returned fire. During this time police realized there were other people in the vehicle and the vehicle took off.

RCMP say once the vehicle was stopped again everyone in the car ran away. Specialized RCMP units helped Battleford police search for the suspect in a containment area bordering the south side of Battle River. The gunman along with other occupants of the vehicle managed to get a ride from a random driver. A second traffic stop on Highway 29 just south of Battleford resulted in the arrest of the gunman without incident. No one was injured as a result of this incident.

RCMP says due to the ongoing investigation, an increased number of officers will be seen in the area to gather evidence, conduct interviews, etc.  All traffic restrictions have been lifted, but RCMP is asking drivers to be cautious around police working on  Highway 4 and Highway 29 south of Battleford.

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