On June 7, 2022, Boyle RCMP received a complaint of a male carrying a firearm. Subsequent investigation revealed that the male suspect fired a shot at a closed gas station and left the area. A description of the suspect and his vehicle was sent to nearby detachments. Shortly after, Redwater RCMP observed a vehicle matching the description and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle fled and officers pursued. Fortunately, the vehicle ran out of gas within minutes and the suspect was safely arrested without further incident.
Further investigation revealed that the pickup that the suspect was driving had been stolen during the evening from Thorhild County. A search of the vehicle revealed 3 loaded firearms and 5 unloaded firearms all stolen from a residential Break and Enter on June 6, 2022 near Smoky Lake.
RCMP have charged Sonny Ray Giant (40), of Lac La Biche, with 50 offences including firearms offences, possession of stolen property, flight from police, failing to comply with release conditions and failing to comply with weapon prohibition orders.
“This is a great example of two detachments working together to bring a quick and safe end to a dangerous situation”, says Sergeant Jeff Sehn Detachment Commander Redwater RCMP.