Man claiming to be veteran charged with firearms-related offences
An investigation has led to a man being charged after it was determined that he was posing as an ex-military member and providing survivalist training under false credentials.
In May 2021, police became aware of a man operating a firearms training, survival training, and women’s self-defence company called ‘Sheep Dog Enterprises,’ out of his southeast Calgary home. It is alleged that the man was in possession of several firearms, did not possess proper documentation nor licencing for firearms, and had not been involved with the military at any point. It is also believed that the man falsified documentation and deceived his way into veterans’ and law enforcement support groups.
A search warrant was conducted on the man’s home on Wednesday, July 6, 2021, where several firearms were seized, along with multiple falsified documents, forged ID badges, and body armour.
Bradley BELL, 35, of Calgary, has been charged with the following:
- One count of unlawful use of military uniforms or certificates;
- Three counts of possession of a firearm while unauthorized;
- Three counts of careless use, storage, handling and transportation of a firearm;
- Two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000;
- One count of possession of body armour without a valid permit; and
- Traffic Safety Act charges, including driving while unauthorized, driving without registration and driving while uninsured.
Photos of the seized firearms and other materials are available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.
“We are still working to understand why Mr. Bell went to such lengths to represent himself as an ex-member of the Canadian military,” notes Sergeant Ben Lawson. “Regardless of his motivation, we recognize that illegal possession and improper handling of firearms can have significant impacts on community safety.”
The investigation remains ongoing and further charges may be pending.