Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge Police have issued arrest warrants for a second person believed to have been involved in 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 27-year-old male 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 a dark green Chevrolet Avalanche which left 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.
Arrest warrants have been issued for 37-year-old Nicholas Rodney Scout of Lethbridge for: assault; assault with a weapon; possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public; use of a firearm while committing an offence; and pointing a firearm.
Anyone with information of the whereabouts of Scout is asked to contact Lethbridge Police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. The subject may be armed and the public is advised not to approach him.
Rauiri McGinnity of Lethbridge was earlier 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 to appear in court Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
The investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released at this time.
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