Medicine Hat News

Multiple charges laid in Monday’s weapons incident


Medicine Hat Police Service’s Major Crime Section has charged 54-year-old Dale Melbourn with multiple weapons-related offences following a high-risk incident that took place Monday in an isolated area near Smelter Avenue and Factory Street.

An MHPS release states that around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, members received a report of a male in distress who was a possible danger to himself and others. At around noon, authoritie­s located the male inside a structure and contained the isolated area.

Following several unsuccessf­ul attempts to communicat­e, the

MHPS tactical team and crisis negotiator­s were called to the scene. The male then exited the structure at approximat­ely 1:15 p.m. and pointed a long barrel weapon at officers — who used the tactical team’s armoured rescue vehicle for protection and subdued the male with a single-shot projectile launcher, then took him safely into police custody.

The male was also found to be in possession of a replica handgun and large hunting knife during the arrest.

Following an investigat­ion, Melbourn has been charged with two counts of possession of a weapon, two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of pointing a firearm and breach of previous release conditions. Melbourn was held in custody and scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

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