On Friday, July 29, 2022, at 9 p.m., Ponoka RCMP were dispatched to a report of male suspect who assaulted another male at the Calnash Ag Event Centre after he was observed operating a motor vehicle erratically in the Event Centre parking lot.
The suspect departed in his vehicle only to return ten minutes later to the Event Centre where he was observed shooting two rounds into the air from a firearm from his vehicle. The suspect departed once again driving on Highway 2A and proceeded to fire three more rounds in the air from his vehicle while driving.
Ponoka RCMP, along with Wetaskiwin Police Dog Services, located and arrested the suspect within the Town Limits of Ponoka near the Aquaplex.
A search of the suspect’s vehicle subsequent to his arrest located a 12-gauge shotgun which was seized by police. The vehicle being driven by the suspect was seized and towed.
The suspect has been charged with the following:
- Careless Use of a Firearm
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm/Prohibited Weapon
He also received an Immediate Roadside Sanctions for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle. The accused will be appearing in Ponoka Provincial Court on Sept. 9, 2022.