RCMP officers in High Prairie have responded to a number of incidents involving replica firearms over the past month.
The first one happened on April 16, officers responded to a number of 911 calls of a male walking in High Prairie with what was believed to be a sawed off shotgun in the area of 53 avenue and 52 street while pointing at people, vehicles and businesses.
Police arrested the man and determined that the weapon was a replica Remington shotgun air pistol.
Joshua Maurice Dumont was charged with, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, assault with a weapon (x3), criminal harassment (x2) and disturbing the peace.
He’ll appear in court on June 15.
The next one was on May 9, police received a 911 call of a male carrying what was believed to be a handgun and acting unusual in the area of 52 avenue and 48 street.
Vincent Edward Willier of Gift Lake was arrested and a search of the suspect and the area did not yield any handgun or replica handgun, but a further investigation resulted in him being charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
The most recent one was on May 19, High Prairie RCMP received a call that a female had allegedly displayed a handgun to a contracted employee of a school in the area of 46 street and 53 avenue in High Prairie, before leaving the area.
After she was arrested and taken into custody, it was later determined the firearm was a replica of a Smith & Wesson handgun.
Latoya Catherine Giroux of High Prairie was charged with disturbing the peace and is scheduled to attend High Prairie Provincial Court on Sept. 28.
– Kyle Moore, Trending 55 Newsroom