Canadians rally behind Tees farmer

Phone calls and e-mails of support are pouring in for a Tees farmer accused of shooting a suspected quad thief.

Phone calls and e-mails of support are pouring in for a Tees farmer accused of shooting a suspected quad thief.

Brian Russell Knight, 38, faces a number of charges in connection with the early morning incident on March 26, including criminal negligence causing bodily harm and discharging a firearm.

It is alleged he chased down and shot one of three men he discovered in his farm yard early in the morning.

Brian Currie, a friend of Knight’s, said calls and e-mails have been coming in from across the country after a trust fund was set up for Knight.

“We have donations from lawyers, saying we have cheques in the mail.”

Dozens have asked how they can contribute.

“People are phoning my house from Nova Scotia,” said Currie, who is from Red Deer. “There’s been a lot of support.

“I think everybody is tired of the crime in our community and how (criminals) are dealt with down the road.

“At the end of the day, police catch these guys, take them to court, and then they’re let out.”

Friends of Knights set up the trust fund and a website at, where a petition of support can be found.

E-mails can be sent to

Currie is uncertain how much has been collected so far; many people have cheques on the way.

Knight himself has only reluctantly become the centre of attention, he said.

His phone has been ringing off the hook with calls of support.

“He’s the type of guy who doesn’t want to be in the spotlight and doesn’t want help from anyone.

“He doesn’t want to take money from people,” he added.

“He understands why we’re doing this. We know he’s going to need help in the end. That’s why we’re doing it.”

Bashaw RCMP said the incident began about 1:40 a.m. when Knight spotted three men in his farm yard.

Two of the men took off in a truck and another hopped on Knight’s quad.

Police alleged the quad was forced off the road and two shots were fired as the man ran off.

The quad rider eventually returned and police said he took a truck before crashing it in a ditch.

He was taken to hospital and treated and released.

Knight will appear in Stettler provincial court on Thursday.

He has also been charged with pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, discharging a firearm, dangerous driving and possession of an unregistered firearm.

A 30-year-old man has been charged with theft. There is no word yet on charges against the other two men.

Just Posted

Men posing as repo men attempt to steal vehicle in Red Deer County

Two men attempted to steal a utility vehicle from a Red Deer… Continue reading

Red Deerian spreads kindness with one card at a time

One Red Deerian wants to combat bullying by spreading kindness in the… Continue reading

Bowden baby in need of surgery

“Help for Alexis” Go Fund Me account

PHOTO: First Rider bus safety in Red Deer

Central Alberta students learned bus safety in the Notre Dame High School… Continue reading

WATCH: Annual Family Picnic at Central Spray and Play

Blue Grass Sod Farms Ltd. held the Annual Family Picnic at the… Continue reading

Woman has finger ripped off at West Edmonton Mall waterslide

SASKATOON — A Saskatchewan woman says she lost a finger after her… Continue reading

Uncertainty looms over Canada’s cannabis tourism, but ambitions are high

TORONTO — Longtime marijuana advocate Neev Tapiero is ready for the cannabis-driven… Continue reading

Feds mulling safeguards to prevent ‘surge’ of cheap steel imports into Canada

OTTAWA — The federal government extended an olive branch of sorts to… Continue reading

Ontario govt caps off summer session by passing bill to cut Toronto council size

TORONTO — The Ontario government passed a controversial bill to slash the… Continue reading

Updated:Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

MILAN — A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of… Continue reading

Saudi Arabia spat affecting Canadians embarking on hajj, community members say

TORONTO — Members of Canada’s Muslim community say recent tensions between Ottawa… Continue reading

Tug carrying up to 22,000 litres of fuel capsizes in Fraser River off Vancouver

VANCOUVER — The smell of diesel filled the air as crews worked… Continue reading

Nebraska executes first inmate using fentanyl

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month