At approximately 4:35 p.m., Melfort RCMP received a report of an armed male at a residence on James Smith Cree Nation.
Officers immediately responded. Investigation determined an adult male approached a residence and threatened the occupants with a firearm, believed to be an air rifle. He then assaulted an adult occupant, who received non-life-threatening injuries. The male left the residence.
Officers patrolled the community and checked residences he is known to frequent but did not locate him.
As a result of further investigation, Darcel Burns, 39, of James Smith Cree Nation has been charged with:
- one count, using an imitation firearm in the commission of an offence, Section 85(3), Criminal Code
- one count, assault with weapon, Section 267(a), Criminal Code
- one count, uttering threats against a person, Section 264.1(1)(a), Criminal Code
A warrant has been issued for his arrest and Melfort RCMP continue to work to locate him. Darcel Burns is described as approximately 6’4” and 265 lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen driving a black pick-up truck.
If you see Darcel Burns or have information on his whereabouts, contact Melfort RCMP at 306-752-6420. Information can also be submitted anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.saskcrimestoppers.com.