Grande Prairie RCMP charge male and seize weapons; “Information provided to police and SCAN by residents plays a crucial role”

Grande Prairie, Alberta – Grande Prairie RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) have seized weapons and laid charges, after locating a male wanted on outstanding charges.

RCMP CRU and Alberta Sheriffs Safe City and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) Unit, had received information from the public concerning a residence in the Highland Park neighbourhood. On Sept. 24, 2020, police followed up on these complaints and attended the residence, seeking to locate a male known to have warrants for his arrest. With assistance from RCMP General Duty and Police Dog Service (PDS), the male was located and arrested in the backyard of the residence, after trying to flee over the fence. Upon his arrest and a subsequent search warrant on the residence, police located and seized the following items:

a loaded pistol magazine

a restricted pistol: GSG-1911 handgun

a pocket knife

brass knuckles

bear spray

imitation firearms

Grande Prairie Search Warrant
Grande Prairie Search Warrant

Shawn Arsenault (22) of Grande Prairie, has been charged with the following:

Carrying a concealed weapon

Unauthorized possession of a firearm

Possession of a restricted firearm & ammunition

Fail to comply with a release order x4

Fail to comply with a probation order x2

Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

Arsenault is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Nov. 23, 2020.

Grande Prairie RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance. Information provided to police and SCAN by residents plays a crucial role in identifying crime in our communities. The RCMP remains fully committed to building safe communities and enforcing laws to their fullest extent.

Members of the public who witness or suspect illegal activity in their community are encouraged to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or their local police. Residents in Alberta can also report problem properties suspected of illegal activity to SCAN at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226) or online at If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at ( ) or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Grande Prairie RCMP

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