St. Paul RCMP have dealt with their third armed and barricaded situation this year.
All have been resolved successfully without injury to the public or officers. On Monday, April 18th, Whitefish (Goodfish) Lake RCMP, with help from officers from St. Paul’s Detachment as well as Saddle Lake and Two Hills, and St. Paul Traffic Services responded to a 911 call of domestic altercation where the suspect claimed he was “ready for the police” if they came in, with multiple firearms in the residence.
Officers were able to quickly locate the victim and bring her and her child to a safe location, while other officers evacuated the surrounding buildings near the Whitefish Lake First Nation town site, including the health care centre, day care centre, Band Office, Fire Hall, as well as several residences. The area was contained and an RCMP Emergency Response Team from Edmonton attended.
With the assistance of a crisis negotiator, the suspect surrendered peacefully shortly after 6:00 p.m. Five firearms and a substantial amount of ammunition was seized from the residence. Charges have been laid against a 37-year-old man from Whitefish Lake First Nation, including assault and obstructing a peace officer; his first court appearance was scheduled for Thursday, April 21st, in St. Paul Provincial Court.
During the event, two additional individuals were arrested after repeated attempts to enter the security perimeter and by-pass police road blocks. These actions not only place the individuals at risk, but also the safety of the police officers. The RCMP cannot stress enough how imperative it is that these perimeters are respected by pedestrians and vehicular traffic. Failure to comply with a police officer’s directions in a high risk situation can result in arrest and prosecution for obstruction.