three charged after incidents that resulted in emergency alert
On September 6, 2022 at approximately 2:45 a.m., Lloydminster RCMP received a report of shots fired at a residence in the city of Lloydminster. Investigators determined the vehicle was a black, newer model Ford Mustang and alerted nearby RCMP detachments to be on the lookout for the vehicle.
At 3:49 a.m., Maidstone RCMP received a report of shots fired at a residence in the RM of Brittania. Investigation determined that a black Mustang approached the residence. Multiple occupants exited the vehicle and started checking vehicles parked in the driveway. The homeowner came to the door and a firearm was discharged toward the homeowner. The bullets struck the house and the occupants were not physically injured.
At 4:08 a.m., Maidstone RCMP received a report that occupants of a black Mustang attempted to steal fuel from a residence in the RM of Britannia.
Maidstone RCMP and other Saskatchewan RCMP resources immediately began investigating, including efforts to locate the vehicle and its occupants. At approximately 7 a.m., Saskatchewan RCMP issued an emergency alert informing the public of this incident.
Maidstone RCMP began receiving reports the vehicle was spotted leaving Lloydminster towards Onion Lake Cree Nation. Multiple Saskatchewan and Alberta RCMP units, Saskatchewan Highway Patrol officers and conservation officers from the Provincial Protective Services Branch, Wilton Police Service, RCMP Police Dog Services and the Lloydminster Rescue Squad searched for it. The vehicle was located and disabled using a spike belt. Investigation determined it had been reported as stolen from Paynton, Saskatchewan on September 5.
The occupants fled. Two were later located and arrested in a camper in the community, and a third was located and arrested in a forested area close to where the car was disabled.
Later that evening, two more females were located and arrested in the community.
24-year old Blaire Chief from Onion Lake, 19-year old Jessica Fox from Poundmaker Cree Nation and a 15-year-old male youth from North Battleford are each charged with:
- 1 count, resist obstruct peace officer, Section 129(a), Criminal Code
- 1 count, flight from peace officer, Section 320.13, Criminal Code
- 1 count, possession of property obtained by crime over $5000, Section 354(1)(a), Criminal Code.
Fox and the male youth will appear in Battleford Provincial Court on September 9. Chief will appear in Battleford Provincial Court on September 12.
Two individuals arrested were released without charges. Maidstone RCMP continue to investigate these incidents.