On January 4, 2018 shortly after 5:00 a.m. North Battleford RCMP responded to a complaint of a firearm discharged multiple times near residences on the 1900 block of St. Laurent Street. Members observed that one of the residence windows had been broken. Initial investigation determined the apartment was vacant. No persons were injured as a result of this incident. The investigation is ongoing.
On January 5, 2018 shortly after midnight North Battleford RCMP responded to a complaint of a firearm discharged at a residence on the 1600 block of 107th Street, North Battleford. Several rounds struck a door an window of the residence. No persons were injured as a result of this incident. This investigation continues.
Within minutes a second complaint was received outside a business on the 900 block of 101st Street. Investigation has determined a silver car was outside the business when a red van entered the area and a firearm was discharged. One adult male from the silver car was transported to hospital with what was described as a gunshot wound and his injuries were described to police as non-life threatening. Further investigation revealed multiple rounds were also discharged towards the business and through a window. Fortunately, no one inside the business at the time of the incident was physically injured.
RCMP Members located the red van in the north east area of North Battleford. RCMP emergency equipment was activated to conduct a traffic stop. The driver of the suspect vehicle struck the police vehicle and then fled the area. A pursuit of this vehicle was initiated as the van travelled through North Battleford and then south of Battleford on Highway #4. The lone driver, an adult male, was arrested in a rural location south of Battleford.
Battlefords Detachment and RCMP Forensic Identification Section continue to investigate. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
Over the past several days there have been multiple incidents involving firearms discharged in the Battlefords Detachment area. While these incidents are not all believed to be related, they are also not being considered random acts. We are asking people to remain vigilant while the investigations are ongoing.
Battlefords RCMP continues to address gang activity and crime in the community. This is being done through targeted enforcement efforts, partnering with community groups, intelligence gathering and regular patrols/calls for service. If members of the community are aware of any activity involving gangs or have questions or concerns, we encourage them to speak with the Detachment or anonymously through Crime Stoppers – the only way anyone will know you contacted Crime Stoppers is if you tell them.
The RCMP encourages anyone with information about these incidents to please contact the Battleford's RCMP at 306-446-1720 or call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).