Stettler RCMP arrest armed man

Richard George was taken into custody without incident after a 10-hour stand off

On Aug. 2nd at approximately 7:45 p.m., Stettler RCMP attempted to stop a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on Secondary Highway 601, near Pheasantback golf course.

The vehicle began travelling at excessive speeds and failed to stop for police.

The driver and lone occupant was known to police, and identified as 23-year-old Richard George. A police pursuit was not initiated given the potential risk to the public.

Police later attended the George residence where he brandished a shot gun.

The Stettler RCMP with the assistance of the Bashaw RCMP contained the area and the RCMP Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Service (PDS) were deployed. George was taken into custody without incident after a 10-hour stand off.

George appeared before a Justice of the Peace and was remanded in custody on the following charges – flight from police (x two), dangerous operation of a motor vehicle (x two), possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, breach of a release document (x seven), possession of methamphetamine and offences under provisions of Traffic Safety Act.

George is set to appear in Stettler Provincial Court, Aug. 8th.

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