RCMP make arrest in connection with ‘shelter in place’ in Ponoka County Sunday

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Manhunt in central Alberta ends with arrest of suspect
Ponoka RCMP made an arrest after a critical shelter in place order was enacted for Ponoka County and Maskwacis on Sunday, when police said they were looking for Zachary Dylan Littlechild. Sarah Konadina has more on the manhunt in central Alberta – May 8, 2023

UPDATE: On May 15, 2023, RCMP provided details about what led up to the shelter-in-place alert. They said an arrest warrant was issued for Littlechild in connection with a shots-fired investigation on May 3. On May 7, RCMP were called about an assault where a gun was allegedly pointed at the victim. A suspect vehicle was later located and police said shots were being fired from the vehicle at police. The suspected driver was later arrested and a day later another person was arrested in connection with the case. Littlechild faces 18 charges, including assault pointing a firearm and firing a gun with intent. Stephen Bradley Erminskin, 38, daces seven charges including possession of a prohibited firearm and flight from a peace officer.

Alberta RCMP made an arrest in connection with a shelter in place order announced for Ponoka County and Maskwacis on Sunday.

In an interview with Global News, RCMP confirmed the search for the suspect previously identified as Zachary Dylan Littlechild went on for several hours through the night.

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Police added the incident didn’t start in Ponoka but rather concluded in the county.

“There was a vehicle that had rolled. We had arrested one suspect and a second suspect that we felt was armed and dangerous had run into the county,” said RCMP public information officer Troy Savinkoff.

“In this particular case, we released the name of a suspect prior to any charges being laid. With the understanding that this information would help keep the public safe. Now that we have a suspect in custody, the Privacy Act comes into play and prevents me from discussing any information about this individual,” said Savinkoff.

In an update given by police at around 10:20 a.m. Monday, RCMP said the suspect has been arrested and there is no longer a risk to the community.

A tip from the public on a suspicious person is what led to the arrest.

“We appreciate everyone’s co-operation and patience during this incident,” said police.

Sunday evening, Ponoka RCMP put a critical alert out for the county of Ponoka and nearby First Nations community of Maskwacis after an “armed and dangerous” suspect was said to be in the area.

The suspect was described a 30-year-old man.

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Police encouraged people to close and lock their doors and windows and to not to pick up anyone on the road.

Police said more information is to come when charges are laid. Police have yet to say what led to the shelter-in-place advisory and arrest.

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