The RCMP in Vegreville have arrested a man for having drugs in his possession while discharging a firearm recklessly.
On Feb. 17, at approximately 4:20 p.m., the Vegreville RCMP, with the assistance of Two Hills RCMP, responded to a rural residential property on Range Road 142 northeast of Vegreville for a report of a male who had discharged a firearm from inside a garage to the outside through an open door. One resident had fled the home while another had stayed behind with the male.
Responding officers established a perimeter on nearby roadways and called for additional resources including RCMP Emergency Response Team and RCMP Police Dog Services.
Prior to those additional resources arriving the male drove from the residence. Officers successfully deployed Tire Deflation Devices. After a short distance the vehicle stopped and the male was taken into custody.
Officers seized firearms and a quantity of suspected methamphetamine from the garage.
No one was physically injured during this incident. No other residences were at risk.
Michael Taras Cherniawsky, 34, of the County of Minburn is charged with:
- Discharging a firearm recklessly
- Possessing a restricted/prohibited firearm
- Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking
Following a judicial hearing Cherniawsky was released with conditions. Cherniawsky is scheduled to appear in Vegreville Provincial Court on Mar. 22, 2022.
As this matter is before the court no further information can be released.