Man taken into cus­tody af­ter shots fired at west­side home

Lethbridge Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

A 32-year-old man is in cus­tody and await­ing charges af­ter fir­ing sev­eral shots in what po­lice are call­ing a tar­geted in­ci­dent at a west Leth­bridge home on Sun­day.

At ap­prox­i­mately 9 p.m. the Leth­bridge Po­lice Ser­vice Tac­ti­cal Team and other of­fi­cers re­sponded to a 911 re­port of shots fired in a home on the 100 block of Her­itage Boule­vard. Four peo­ple es­caped from the home safely and the area was cor­doned off as po­lice at­tempted to de­ter­mine the where­abouts of the sus­pect.

When the tac­ti­cal team en­tered the home, the in­di­vid­ual was not lo­cated on the premises. Af­ter clear­ing the Her­itage Boule­vard home, po­lice went to a sec­ond lo­ca­tion along Dal­housie Court West, but also found no trace of the sus­pect there.

Po­lice say it was then deter­mined the sus­pect had fled in a ve­hi­cle which had left the city.

The LPS con­tacted the RCMP at 1:45 a.m. Mon­day and mem­bers of the RCMP Emer­gency Re­sponse Team lo­cated and pur­sued the sus­pect. The sus­pect even­tu­ally pulled over near Granum and ex­ited his ve­hi­cle.

When po­lice or­dered the sus­pect to sur­ren­der, he dis­obeyed and at­tempted to reen­ter the ve­hi­cle, forc­ing of­fi­cers to take him to the ground. The male was then taken into cus­tody and trans­ported back to Leth­bridge, where he re­mains in de­ten­tion await­ing an ap­pear­ance in court to face charges.

Ac­cord­ing to the LPS, this in­ci­dent is con­sid­ered a tar­geted crime and the par­ties in­volved are known to one an­other. A fur­ther re­lease will be is­sued as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­gresses and charges are sworn.

@IMarten­sHer­ald Her­ald photo by Ian Martens

Of­fi­cers man a bar­ri­cade af­ter po­lice re­sponded to a high-risk in­ci­dent where they say sev­eral shots were fired at a home Sun­day night along Her­itage Blvd.

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