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Assistance to Identify – Vehicle Mischiefs

The Medicine Hat Police Service is requesting public assistance with identifying two persons of interest in relation to the continued investigation into multiple incidents of vehicle mischief and property theft in Medicine Hat that occurred between January 09 – January 11, 2022.

Thank you to all who have already submitted tips or video surveillance footage. Anyone with information regarding either of these persons of interest is asked to contact Constable Pierce by calling Medicine Hat 911 Communication at (403)529-8481. Tips can also be submitted online via the MHPS website (mhps.ca) or mobile app, which is free to download and available for both Apple and Android devices.

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Public Assistance Request – Vehicle Mischiefs

The Medicine Hat Police Service is requesting public assistance with the investigation into numerous vehicle mischiefs that have occurred over the past two nights and have resulted in thousands of dollars in damage to private property.

The areas impacted include Hudson Crescent NE, 19th Street NE, Hatcher Drive NE, as well as Rossmere, Rossland, and Ross Haven areas located in the southeast area of Medicine Hat.

The MHPS is requesting anyone with video recordings in those areas to review the footage from late evening on January 9th, to the early morning hours of January 10th, as well as the late hours of January 10th to the early morning hours of January 11th, 2022. Investigators would like to review recordings from the above dates and times that depicts any suspect(s) damaging vehicles in the above-mentioned locations.

Additionally, anyone with information in relation to these offences is asked to contact MHPS at 403-529-8481 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also but submitted online via the MHPS website (mhps.ca) or mobile app, which is free to download and available for both Apple and Android devices.

Media Contact:

Staff Sergeant Rod Thompson
Patrol Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416

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Firearms Offences

A man is in custody charged with several firearms related offences following a standoff with police that occurred at a Medicine Hat home on January 8, 2022.

On January 8, 2022, at approximately 3:00 PM, members of the Medicine Hat Police Service attended to a home the 0-100 block of Northlands Cres NE after receiving a report that Barry Reed, a 67-year-old male, was in possession of a handgun and had been involved in a dispute with a woman in the residence.

Patrols arrived on scene and were able to assist the woman safely from the residence. Reed remained in inside and at one point exited the house and went into the garage with a handgun. He was advised by police that he was under arrest but ignored commands and instead waived his handgun at the attending officers before fleeing back into the residence.

Members of the MHPS Tactical Team and Negotiators took over control of the scene and observed Reed walking around throughout the residence with a handgun in hand and refusing to follow any directions by police.

At approximately 7:45 pm, Reed came out of the house into the open garage and once again pointed his handgun again at police. Several less lethal rounds were deployed by police striking Reed twice. Reed then fired his gun at members of the Tactical Team hitting the MHPS Armoured Rescue Vehicle. Reed then tried to barricade himself within the garage, but several tactics were utilized by the Tactical Team resulting in Reed being taken safely into custody. Reed was transported to hospital for treatment of minor physical injuries and released a short time later a was transported to MHPS holding cells.

Reed has been remanded into custody, charged with numerous offences including Uttering Threats, Careless Storage of a Firearm, Pointing a Firearm, Assault with a Weapon, Possession of Weapon Dangerous, Reckless Discharging of a Firearm and Using a Firearm in the Commission of an Offense. His next court appearance set for January 12, 2022.

The MHPS would like to thank the public for their patience and cooperation during this high-risk situation. With the use of specialized equipment and training, including less lethal weapon options and the Armoured Rescue Vehicle, officers were able to bring this incident to a safe resolution without injuries or loss of life for the victim, residents in the area, police or the accused.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt Darcy Brandt
Criminal Investigation Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416

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UPDATE: Serious Incident

The incident that occured on Northlands Crescent has come to a conclusion.  This matter is still under investigation and no further details will be priovided at this time.  The Medicine Hat Police Service would like to thank the public for their patience and cooperation. 

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Serious Incident

The Medicine Hat Police Service along with other emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious incident in the Northland Crescent area.  We are asking the public to avoid the area until further notice.  

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Firearm & Weapon Charges

Two males charged with firearms and weapons offences following traffic stop on January 1, 2022.

On January 1, 2022, at approximately 3:30 PM a Medicine Hat Police Service Patrol officer conducted a traffic stop in the Flats are of Medicine Hat when he encountered a male driving while prohibited. The driver’s arrest led to a search of the vehicle which revealed a loaded 9mm handgun, a collapsible baton, bear spray, a stolen credit card and several other government identity documents that were not in the name of the driver or his passenger.

Resulting from this investigation two individuals were charged:

Steven Hart, 38-year-old, of Calgary, AB and Keagan Jackson, 33-year-old, of North Battleford, SK have both been charged with numerous firearms offences, illegal weapon offences, possession of a stolen credit card, illegal possession of identification documents and breaching of court-imposed conditions. Hart was also charged with driving while prohibited.

Both offenders have attended court before a Justice of the Peace for bail hearings. Hart was remanded in custody to awaiting his next court date of January 5, 2022. Jackson was eligible for release from custody on $150 cash bail and is scheduled to appear in court next on January 13, 2022.

Media Contact:

A/Insp Chad Holt
Operational Services Division
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8414

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UPDATE - MVC Trans Canada Highway

Emergency crews are clear of the scene and the Trans Canada Highway is now completely open.  Thank you for your cooperation and patience!

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MVC - TC Highway at South Saskatchewan River

The Medicine Hat Police Service is currently investigating a motor vehicle collision on the Trans Canada Highway near the South Saskatchewan River Bridge.  Westbound Traffic is currently reduced to one lane while emergency crews continue to clear the area. Expect delays and please avoid this area if possible.

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Winter Driving Conditions Use Caution

The Medicine Hat Police Service is asking for motorists to use caution on the Trans Canada highway as well as city streets as the recent snow fall has made driving conditions very poor.   Please take extra time if you are travelling tonight.

 

Media Contact

A/SSgt. Jeff Klick

403-529-8461

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Holiday Closures

Please be advised of the following holiday closure hours for our reception and call centre.  Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year!

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