Calling Lake, Alberta – On November 17, 2016, at approximately 11AM, the Athabasca RCMP responded to a report of two male suspects breaking in to a residence, assaulting the lone male occupant and shooting two (2) shots into the wall. Both male suspects were known by the occupant of the residence who did not suffer any injuries from the assault.
The male victim was in bed when he heard a loud noise, believed to be a shotgun shooting the front door of the residence. The residence was entered by a 27 year old male suspect and a 16 year old male suspect who both carrying firearms. Both of the suspects were known by the victim. One of the males struck the victim knocking him down then proceeded to kick him. The 2 suspects demanded money and property from the victim and proceeded to shoot inside the building 2 more times. The victim was able to exit the residence where it is believed that the suspects were scared off by possible witnesses.
Athabasca RCMP with the assistance of Police Dog Services and the Athabasca Integrated Traffic Services Unit, conducted door to door inquiries and were able to locate both of the male suspects and the firearms believed to have been used in the offence.
Both suspect males are currently in custody in the Athabasca RCMP Detachment awaiting formal charges of; Break and Enter, Robbery, Careless use of a firearm, Uttering Threats and breach of conditions.
The Athabasca RCMP would like to thank the citizens of the Calling Lake and Jean Baptiste Gambler communities for all of the tips reporting of the possible whereabouts of the suspects. With the assistance from the community, both suspects were able to be apprehended without further issues of public safety.
If you have information about this incident, please call the Athabasca RCMP at 780-675-5122 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (Check your local Crime Stoppers [www.crimestoppers.ab.ca] for instructions.