Gang associates arrested after shots fired at Onion Lake RCMP during pursuit

A black SUV parked on the road with its back window missing. (Photo: Saskatchewan RCMP)

Five street gang associates have been arrested and charged after shots were fired at Saskatchewan RCMP officers during a high-speed pursuit on New Year’s Day.

According to a media release, on January 1, at approximately 2 p.m., RCMP received a report from a resident of the rural area west of Onion Lake Cree Nation that a black SUV entered their private yard and quickly drove off, smashing through their fence.

Onion Lake RCMP searched for the SUV and located it going north at a high rate of speed on Highway 17 and followed it as it turned east on Chief Taylor Road.

Police officers observed a long-barreled firearm coming out of one of the SUV windows, seconds before the firearm was discharged multiple times in their direction. The officers continued to engage in a pursuit of the vehicle while being under fire.

The SUV stopped in front of the Onion Lake Cree Nation High School. The male driver and the male front passenger left the vehicle and fled on foot to an open field area. Two RCMP officers pursued them on foot, while additional police officers arrested the remaining three passengers of the SUV, one male and two females.

The pursuing police officers located and arrested the male passenger in a nearby baseball field and the male driver hiding inside a garbage bin. All five occupants of the SUV, later identified as local street gangs associates, were taken into custody.

A search of the SUV resulted in the seizure of four firearms. (Photo: Saskatchewan RCMP)

A search of the SUV resulted in the seizure of two SKS rifles, one sawed-off shotgun, one sawed-off 22-caliber rifle and different types of ammunitions.

Police found different types of ammunitions in the SUV. (Photo: Saskatchewan RCMP)

Twaine Derek Buffalo, 39, Glynnis Larene Chief, 37, and Tyler Ryan Wolfe, 35, from Onion Lake Cree Nation and Danny Lee Weeseekase, 38, from Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation have all been charged with the following seven criminal offences:

  • Discharge of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
  • Being an occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm.
  • Careless use of a firearm.
  • Possession of a firearm without a licence.
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon.
  • Assault of a police officer with a weapon.

Melissa Lee McAlpine, 32, from Lloydminster, SK, has been charged with the following three criminal offenses:

  • Discharge of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
  • Being an occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm.
  • Assault of a police officer with a weapon.

Wolfe is also facing additional charges of flight from police and dangerous driving.

Weeseekase is facing an additional charge of breach recognizance.

All five accused will remain in custody until they next appear in court at the Lloydminster Provincial Court on January 20.



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