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:
- Pointing a firearm x 4
- Assault with a weapon x 4
- Possess weapon dangerous to the public x 2
- Carrying a concealed Firearm
- Careless use of a firearm
- Possession of a prohibited device
- 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.