Firearms Seizure

A Medicine Hat man is in custody charged with several firearms and stolen property related offences after a weapon was found in his possession during an arrest.

On April 18, 2023, members of the Medicine Hat Police Service Criminal Investigation Section located a man who had outstanding warrants for his arrest. While officers were attempting to arrest the man he reportedly reached into a nearby bag where officers later located a loaded sawed off 20-gauge shotgun along with several items of stolen property. Upon a further search, additional ammunition was located on the male.

As a result of this incident, Tyler Poczik, age 36 years, of Medicine Hat, AB was charged with the following:

  • Unlawful possession of a restricted firearm,
  • Possession of a prohibited / restricted firearm,
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm,
  • Breach of a firearms / ammunition prohibition order x 2,
  • Breach of release order,
  • Unlawful possession of identity documents,
  • Possession of stolen property under $5000,
  • Possession of weapon dangerous to the public peace,
  • Fraudulently possess credit card data

Poczik was held for a Judicial Interim Release hearing where it was determined that he will be held in custody until his next court appearance on April 27, 2023.

Media Contact:

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