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Man arrested after loaded firearm pointed at police officers

For Immediate Release:11-Mar-2016 @ 3:24 PM
MRU #:16R027

Southeast Division members have laid 28 charges against a man after he allegedly pointed a loaded firearm at officers early this morning.

On Friday, Mar. 11, 2016, Edmonton Police Service officers observed a 2005 Chrysler 300 travelling at a high rate of speed eastbound on 36 Avenue at Richfield Road just after 4 a.m. The vehicle was followed to the area of 57 Street and 19 Avenue where the suspected male driver was seen walking away from the vehicle.

The man fled on foot as officers approached the male. A physical altercation took place, and after the unsuccessful deployment of an officer’s conducted energy weapon, the male suspect produced a loaded .40 caliber handgun from his jacket and allegedly pointed it at the police officers.

The officers managed to wrestle the firearm away from the suspect and he was arrested. Further investigations revealed the firearm had been reported stolen.

The involved EPS officers and suspect male suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries as a result of the altercation.

“Increasingly, police officers are coming upon weapons during routine calls for service,” says Acting Chief Danielle Campbell. “Our officers showed tremendous courage this morning in a dangerous situation and the EPS is grateful they were not seriously injured.”

Adam Matychuk, 39, is charged with:

  • Assault with intent to resist arrest
  • Use of firearm while committing offence (x3)
  • Pointing a firearm (x3)
  • Assault with a weapon (x3)
  • Possession of an offensive weapon
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Knowingly possess a restricted weapon
  • Possession of a weapon obtained by crime
  • Possession of a prohibited firearm
  • Careless use of firearm
  • Assault a Peace Officer
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Breach  of probation
  • Possession of a prohibited loaded firearm
  • Uttering threats (x3)
  • Carless storage handling of a restricted weapon
  • Breach of recognizance (x4)

The breach of recognizance charges are related to previous firearm offences, possession of stolen property offences and 27 additional criminal charges.

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