(Black Press file photo)

(Black Press file photo)

Stettler man arrested after gunshot victim turns up at hospital

RCMP called on April 4 when man seriously wounded by gunshot

The arrival of a man with a gunshot wound at Stettler’s hospital led to firearms and assault charges against a 25-year-old suspect.

Stettler RCMP said they were called on April 4 when a man turned up at the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening gunshot injuries.

An investigation led police to a Stettler residence on April 7 and a suspect was arrested without incident.

Stettler RCMP, the Central Alberta District General Investigation Section, Central Alberta Crime Reduction Unit and a Wetaskiwin Police Dog Services Team were involved in the investigation and arrest.

“The RCMP’s ability to access regional resources that offer specialized skills in support of smaller rural detachments significantly increases our effectiveness during high-risk, more intensive investigations such as these, “ said Stettler RCMP Staff Sgt. Bruce Holiday.

Police said schools near the residence activated a hold and secure protocol until RCMP took the suspect into custody.

A Stettler man has been charged with aggravated assault, careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm and ammunition while prohibited.

The suspect remains in custody and is due in Stettler provincial court on Thursday.

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