March 14, 2018 2:15 pm
Updated: March 14, 2018 4:23 pm

Property owner fires gun during alleged rural Saskatchewan break-in

Spiritwood RCMP confirm a rural Saskatchewan property owner discharged a firearm in relation to a break and enter complaint on Tuesday.

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Spiritwood RCMP are reminding the public that introducing a firearm into a situation can be very dangerous after a gun was fired on a rural property in Saskatchewan during an alleged break-in.

Officers said they were looking for a “missing” truck after being called to a break and enter complaint in the Spiritwood RCMP detachment area at roughly 12:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday.

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RCMP said on Wednesday that they are now in a position to confirm that the property owner fired a gun into the air. No injuries were reported.

Police said no charges will be laid against the property owner.

RCMP said they have heard and understand the public’s concerns around rural crime and have implemented a number of strategies and initiatives within Saskatchewan.

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Police are reminding the public to avoid confrontation if possible. Officials ask that people secure the safety of themselves and family members, call 911 and pay attention to all details if able to safely do so.

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Big River RCMP located the truck at around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Debden, Sask. One woman and two men were arrested without incident. Charges have yet to be laid.

Ronald Joseph, 28, was taken into custody on Tuesday.

He is facing charges of possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public, unauthorized possession of a firearm, breaking and entering, possession of property obtained by crime, operation of a motor vehicle while disqualified and three counts of theft of a motor vehicle.

Joseph, who is from the Big River First Nation, was scheduled to appear in Spiritwood provincial court on Wednesday morning.

RCMP continue to investigate.

Spiritwood is approximately 150 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

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