Maskwacis man arrested after shot fired

Man armed with gun approached a couple on Montana townsite last Friday and a struggled ensued

A Maskwacis man has been charged and a firearm has been seized following a shooting on Montana First Nation.

About 10:50 a.m. last Friday, Maskwacis RCMP responded to a complaint of gunshots fired on Montana Reserve.

Police say an adult couple was walking near the Montana town site when they were approached by a lone male in a vehicle. The man began speaking to the couple, then allegedly pointed a firearm at the female.

Her male companion attempted to push the firearm away and a struggle ensued. During the struggle one shot was discharged into the air. Following the struggle, the driver of the vehicle fled. The male victim sustained minor injuries as a result of the struggle, not the gunshot, and was treated by ambulance on scene.

Maskwacis RCMP Detachment, Maskwacis RCMP Community Response Unit and Red Deer Police Dog Services attended.

Shortly after getting to the scene, police located a 28-year-old mans, who was arrested without incident. The suspect had an SKS style rifle, which was seized. The man is facing seven charges, including pointing a firearm. He is due in Wetaskiwin provincial court on Tuesday.

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