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Red Deer RCMP close downtown detachment after incident – Update 2 - Charges laid

March 15, 2016 10:25 AM

Red Deer, Alberta – A Red Deer man has been charged after two windows in the Red Deer RCMP downtown detachment were shot at with a replica firearm shortly before 4 pm yesterday.

RCMP received the first report at approximately 3:15 pm on March 14 that a maroon coloured Ford truck was driving through the Normandeau area and that the occupants were shooting at street signs. That was followed by a second call at 3:30 pm locating the truck in the area of the downtown RCMP detachment. Concurrently, two second-storey windows in the lobby of the downtown RCMP detachment were struck by an unknown type of firearm or replica firearm, resulting in the glass pebbling but not shattering, thanks to its protective coating.

Police soon identified the driver of the truck; within minutes of the detachment windows being struck, they located the suspect truck in the area of Boyce Street and Beatty Crescent and executed a high risk arrest of the occupants at approximately 4 pm. Two men and two women were taken into custody without further incident. The weapon, a BB pistol, was seized by police.

21 year old Cory Daniel Picard of Red Deer was the sole back seat passenger and was in possession of the BB pistol; he has been charged with:

  • Criminal Code 85(2)(a) – Using imitation firearm in the commission of an offence
  • Criminal Code 88(1) – Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Criminal Code 430(3) – Mischief/ damage to property over $5,000
  • Criminal Code 264.1(1)(b) – Uttering threats

Picard has been remanded in custody and makes his first appearance in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer this morning, March 15 at 9:30 am.

The driver and other two occupants of the truck were released without charge, and the investigation continues.

The damage to the windows at the downtown detachment was noticed after the fact, as it was not accompanied by any noticeable noise. When it was discovered, the citizens within the detachment were calmly evacuated while staff examined the glass to ensure it was not in danger of shattering.

Red Deer RCMP wish to thank the concerned citizens who reported the movements of the truck and offered excellent descriptions of it, including the license plate. Their assistance allowed police to contain the situation quickly and avoid further public fear or property damage.

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Media contact:
Red Deer RCMP
403-304-7764

BACKGROUND:

March 14, 2016

Red Deer RCMP close downtown detachment after incident – Update 1

Red Deer, Alberta – As of 8 am this morning, the downtown Red Deer RCMP detachment is re-opened to the public; police thank the public for their understanding while they were temporarily re-directed to the north detachment after yesterday’s incident.

RCMP will issue an update on yesterday’s events as soon as possible.

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Media contact:
Red Deer RCMP
403-304-7764

March 14, 2016

Red Deer RCMP close downtown detachment after incident

Red Deer, Alberta – The downtown Red Deer RCMP detachment has been closed to the public after an incident this afternoon in which two second storey windows in the detachment lobby were shot at from a passing vehicle with an as yet unidentified replica firearm or firearm. Citizens are being redirected to the north detachment until further notice.

Red Deer RCMP located the suspects shortly after the incident in the Bower neighbourhood and have taken four individuals into custody.

No one was injured in this incident and the detachment windows did not break due to their protective coating. The detachment has been closed as a precaution only, to ensure the continued safety of the public.

RCMP will issue an update as more information becomes available.

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Media contact:
Red Deer RCMP
403-304-7764

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