Medicine Hat Police seize firearm during arrest

Medicine Hat, Alberta – A Medicine Hat man is in custody charged with several firearms and stolen property related offences after a weapon was found in his possession during an arrest.

On April 18, 2023, members of the Medicine Hat Police Service Criminal Investigation Section located a man who had outstanding warrants for his arrest. While officers were attempting to arrest the man he reportedly reached into a nearby bag where officers later located a loaded sawed off 20-gauge shotgun along with several items of stolen property. Upon a further search, additional ammunition was located on the male.

Medicine Hat Police seize firearm during arrest
Medicine Hat Police seize firearm during arrest

As a result of this incident, Tyler Poczik, age 36 years, of Medicine Hat, AB was charged with the following:

Unlawful possession of a restricted firearm,

Possession of a prohibited / restricted firearm,

Unsafe storage of a firearm,

Breach of a firearms / ammunition prohibition order x 2,

Breach of release order,

Unlawful possession of identity documents,

Possession of stolen property under $5000,

Possession of weapon dangerous to the public peace,

Fraudulently possess credit card data

Poczik was held for a Judicial Interim Release hearing where it was determined that he will be held in custody until his next court appearance on April 27, 2023.

Medicine Hat Police Service

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