Edmonton specialized traffic team seizes firearms in parking lot altercation

Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service has arrested a male and a female in connection to an altercation during which the male allegedly brandished a rifle in a south Edmonton parking lot.

Police responded to the complaint at a shopping complex near Calgary Trail and G.A. MacDonald Avenue at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017.

It was reported to police that after the driver of a Ford truck threw a slurpee at a white Chevrolet Suburban, the driver of the Suburban allegedly pulled a rifle out of the vehicle and waved it in the air. The witness who reported the incident was not able to observe the license plate of either vehicle, and the suspect left the scene.

A short time later, Specialized Traffic Apprehension Team (STAT) members located the Suburban and arrested the driver on an outstanding warrant.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of three knives, a loaded Winchester rifle, an unloaded SKS rifle, a prohibited SKS magazine, as well as several other rounds of ammunition.

The male driver, Stacey Aaron Trotter, 31, has been charged with 12 firearm related offences and a breach of recognizance. The female passenger, Jocelyn O’Connor, 29, has been charged with eight firearm related offences and a breach of recognizance.

Trotter and O’Connor are awaiting a bail hearing.

STAT is a specialized unit that patrols city-wide doing traffic enforcement and intercepting criminal activity on city streets, particularly drug trafficking and stolen vehicles. Their mandate is to improve community safety by supressing violence through traffic enforcement based interdiction activity.

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