A man in Lac La Biche has been charged by the RCMP for Personating a peace officer and pointing a firearm.
According to an RCMP news release, “On January 29 at approximately 10:20 p.m. while on a patrol Lac La Biche RCMP was stopped by two young adult males who were running across the main street.”
The males told police that while outside a local business the suspect male pointed a shotgun at them. The Lac La Biche Mounties attended the business, located, and arrested the male.
Further investigation revealed that the male had multiple firearms, tactical gear, as well as a metal replica police style badge.
Police seized a small radio, which was determined to be unable to access RCMP encrypted radio frequencies. No one was physically harmed during the incident.
Jessie Dwayne Thiessen, 32, of Lac La Biche, was arrested and is facing seven charges including;
- Pointing a firearm
- Unsafe storage of firearms (x2)
- Personating a peace officer
Following a judicial hearing, Thiessen was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Lac La Biche Provincial Court on Feb. 7, 2022.
As these matters are now before the courts, no further details can be provided.