Police deploy tactical team for high-risk warrant

By paNOW Staff
April 18, 2017 - 4:21pm Updated: April 19, 2017 - 4:13pm

Five suspects will be facing numerous firearms charges after Prince Albert Police Service executed a high-risk search warrant for firearms at a home on 25th St. E. and 1st Ave. E. early Tuesday evening.

Members of the Tactical Unit were on scene assisting the Integrated Street Enforcement Team and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

Tactical teams surrounded the house and three people were arrested immediately. One did attempt to flee but was engaged by a canine unit and apprehended soon after. The remaining occupants of the residence surrendered peacefully. In total, eight people were taken into custody.

The house was cleared, and while conducting the firearms search, investigators located shotgun shells, rounds for a 410 shot gun, .22 calibre rounds, a sawed-off bolt action 410 shotgun, a sawed-off double barrel 410 shotgun, a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun and medical prescriptions.

Five suspects found in the residence are facing numerous firearms charges in provincial court today. These include 18-year-old Rene Jobe Merasty and 27-year-old Conrad Merasty from Flying Dust Frist Nation, 22-year-old Joshua Dustin Whitedeer and 21-year-old Johnathan Tremblay from Prince Albert and one 16-year-old youth from La Ronge.

One resident living close to the home who wished to remain annonymous, said the raid was "kind of surreal."

"That is something that happens on TV and not in your own backyard. To see a sniper on the neighbour's roof was kind of interesting," the resident told paNOW.

The blocks around the residence are home to a number of rows of seniors housing.

"We have a lot of elderly people in our neighbourhood and it is a good place to have kids. We have families down the way...it was always a great place to live until these guys moved in about a year ago," they said.


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