Lethbridge, Alberta – A 27-year-old man faces multiple charges in an ongoing Lethbridge Police investigation into an incident Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 in which a firearm was discharged.
While responding to a motor vehicle collision nearby, a Lethbridge Police officer heard what he believed to be a gunshot in the area of the 2200-block of 7 Avenue South about 3:15 p.m. A vehicle was witnessed leaving the scene westbound on 7 Avenue.
Police learned from witnesses that a male subject had shot a round from a rifle and had left the area on foot. The area was cordoned off to search for the subject and School Resource Officers attended nearby École La Vérendrye francophone school to work with staff and ensure the students were safe.
A suspect was quickly located nearby and arrested without incident. A firearm was also recovered at that time.
Investigators believe the subject was involved in a confrontation with the occupant of the vehicle which was seen leaving the scene. The two subjects are known to one another. It is believed the shot was fired in the direction of that vehicle, although no round has been recovered.
Rauiri McGinnity of Lethbridge has been charged with: careless use of a firearm; intentional and reckless discharge of a firearm; possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public; discharge firearm with intent to injure; and mischief. He was remanded in custody while awaiting scheduling of a court appearance.
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September 20, 2021
On September 20, 2021 at approximately 3:15 pm an officer on patrol heard what he believed to be a gunshot in the area of the 2200bk of 7 Ave South. Witnesses were quickly located and it was confirmed that a male subject had shot a round from a rifle. The area was cordoned off to search for the subject and Community resource officers attended schools in the area to work with staff and ensure the children were safe. A 27 year old male suspect was quickly located and arrested without incident. A firearm has also been recovered and there is no ongoing threat or concern in the area. No injuries have been reported at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
No further information will be released at this time.
Lethbridge Police Service
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