Street Flooding

The Medicine Hat Police Service is asking the public to avoid streets and areas that have been flooded due to the recent storm.   Several streets in the southeast hill are impassible due to water.   Please allow municipal works room to work and avoid the area. 


Suspicious Package

Suspicious Package

On the morning of June 2, 2023, the Medicine Hat Police Service responded to a report of a suspicious package in Strathcona Park. Early indications suggests that a small package was set on fire, by unknown persons which resulted in a minor discharge, from an unknown device.

There were no injuries or property damage the matter is now being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Section.

Anyone with information on this event is asked to call the MHPS at 403-529-8481.


Update to Missing Person- Joseph Myers

MHPS is pleased to announce that Mr. Joseph Myers has been located and is safe.  We would like to thank the public for their support and assistance in the location of Mr. Myers.


Male Charged After High Risk Incident

On May 26, 2023, MHPS were alerted to a male, located in Strathcona Park, Medicine Hat, who was believed to be in possession of a firearm and experiencing mental health problems. Patrol members attended Strathcona Park and contained the area for public safety.

The male was confirmed to be in possession of a loaded pump action shotgun and during interacting with police, pointed this shotgun at police officers. Police support units including the Tactical Team, Crisis Negotiators, Explosive Disposal Unit, and AHS Emergency Medical Services attended the scene.

A police robot was used to deliver a communication device to the male and following negotiations, the male surrendered peacefully. In total, Strathcona Park was closed to the public for just over 5 hours.

A 53-year-old Medicine Hat male, who cannot be named until charges are formally sworn, has been charged with the following and is held for a Judicial Interim Release Hearing:

  1. Pointing a firearm x 4
  2. Assault with a weapon x 4
  3. Possess weapon dangerous to the public x 2
  4. Carrying a concealed Firearm
  5. Careless use of a firearm
  6. Possession of a prohibited device
  7. Mischief
  8. Resisting arrest

No further information will be released by the police service.

The police services appreciates the public cooperation by staying clear of the area during this incident.  


Sudden Death Investigation Update

The investigation into the sudden death that occurred in the 2100 block of 24th Street SE on May 24, 2023, is ongoing, in conjunction with the Medical Examiner’s Office, however there is no indication that this is a criminal matter and there is no risk to the safety of the public.

No further information about the investigation or the identity of the person will be released.

Our condolences are extended to the family & friends of the deceased.


Request to Identify

The Medicine Hat Police Service is seeking assistance from the public to identify two males believed to be involved in a serious assault that occurred outside of a local hotel during the evening of May 12, 2023.

The MHPS Criminal Investigation Section continues to investigate this matter and is asking for anyone who can identify the individuals in the photos and video below to contact Cst. Adam Johnston at 403-529-8481 or by email to Additionally, tips can be submitted through the MHPS website ( or mobile app. The MHPS app is free to download and available for both Apple and Android devices.


Media Contact:

S/Sgt. Jason Graham
Criminal Investigation Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8421


Chief’s Commendation

Three community members were presented with a Chief’s Commendation in recognition of their life saving efforts.

On March 30, 2023, the Medicine Hat Police Service received a call reporting that a suicidal person had climbed over the railing of an overpass in the city and appeared to be planning to jump off.

Kiaya Turner and Christine Hunter-Wagner were driving by the area when they noticed the person in distress. Instead of continuing their way, they made a safe U-turn, stopped their vehicle, and approached the individual to offer help. Upon realizing the gravity of the situation, they quickly acted.

Karlie Schmaltz, also witnessed the unfolding events and stopped to provide assistance.

Kiaya and Christine engaged in conversation with the person and once realizing their intent to jump, they firmly grabbed the individual's sleeves. They then asked Karlie to call 9-1-1. Throughout this tense situation, Kiaya and Christine maintained their hold on the individual, who tried to pull away, while Karlie calmly called for emergency support.

The women stayed with the distressed person until MHPS officers arrived on scene and were able to assist with the rescue. The three women were presented with a Chief’s Commendation during a meeting of the Medicine Hat Police Commission held on May 17, 2023. There were commended for their bravery and selfless willingness to intervene. Their actions saved a life, and we thank them for their courage.

Media Contact:

Rita Sittler
Administrative Services Manager
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416



Drug Trafficking Charges

Two Medicine Hat residents are facing 31 total charges following a short-term ALERT investigation into drug trafficking.

On May 9, 2023 ALERT Medicine Hat’s organized crime unit, with the assistance of Medicine Hat Police Service, executed a search warrant on an apartment suite in the Crescent Heights neighbourhood and seized the following items:

• 619 grams of methamphetamine;

• 42 grams of fentanyl;

• 10 grams of cocaine;

• 140 pills of oxycodone;

• $960 in cash.

The drugs have an estimated street value of nearly $50,000.

ALERT also seized a sawed-off shotgun, two replica firearms, ammunition, and a conducted energy weapon which resembled a flashlight.

The firearm will be submitted for further forensic analysis, ballistics testing and serial number restoration. ALERT is conducting a follow-up investigation to determine how the firearm was acquired as the suspect is currently bound by a lifetime firearms prohibition.

“This is a repeat offender and was out on bail when we began our investigation. He is bound by a lifetime firearm prohibition, and his involvement in the drug trade puts the community at risk,” said Staff Sgt. Ryan Thorburn, ALERT.

Justin Crawford, 40 years old, and Melissa Andrews, 40 years old, of Medicine Hat are facing various drug related and firearm offences. The pair remain in custody.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity can report to the Medicine Hat Police Service at 403-529-8481 or submit a tip annoymously throught the MHPS mobile app or website.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt Ryan Thorburn
Organized Crime Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8425


Serious Assault

On the evening of May 12, 2023, at about 10:55 p.m., the Medicine Hat Police Service attended to a serious assault in the rear parking lot of the Medicine Hat Lodge located at 1051 Ross Glen Drive SE.  The investigation revealed that two male suspects immediately fled the area on foot towards Ross Glen Drive SE and Redwood Court SE.  Specific to this time frame, police are asking members of the public with home security cameras who reside in the neighbourhood to check their systems for potential footage of these suspects entering or leaving thearea.  Suspect #1 was wearing dark shorts and a hoodie.  Suspect #2 was wearing dark pants with a white logo on the front left leg and a dark hoodie.  

Additionally, anyone who may have witnessed this incident or saw anyone running from the vicinity is encouraged to contact police.

The Medicine Hat Police Service’s Criminal Investigation Section is investigating this matter. If you can provide any details of this incident, please call 403-529-8481 or contact Cst. Adam Johnston at



Firearms Offences

A Medicine Hat man has been charged in connection to a high-risk incident that occurred in the city.

During the early evening of May 2, 2023, the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) became aware of the whereabouts of a male who was wanted by police for various criminal code offences.

Officers located the man in a home in the 300 block of 11 Street SW and based on information obtained it was believed there was a potential risk of access to a weapon. After several failed attempts to have the male exit the home on his own, the MHPS Tactical Response Team (TACT) along with the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were deployed and successful in apprehending the male without incident or injury to anyone involved.

Resulting from this investigation, a 32-year-old Medicine Hat man was charged with the following;

  • Assault with a Weapon
  • Possess Weapon Dangerous to the Public x 2
  • Point Firearm
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • Utter Threats
  • Failing to comply with Undertaking
  • Failing to comply with a Release Order x 5

The investigation in ongoing and the man’s name will be withheld pending a Judicial Interim Release hearing, however the MHPS can confirm the male involved in this investigation is not the same individual who was the subject of a MHPS media release earlier this week.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt. Jason Graham
Criminal Investigation Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8421