Calgary, AB,

Mounted unit makes arrest in firearm call

Vimy, Ortona, Juno, and Maverick, four Calgary Police Service Horses (PSH), wrangled three youth yesterday.

At approximately 9:40 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, three youth entered a grocery store in the 3000 block of 17 Avenue S.E. and were allegedly committing a theft of property when they were approached by a store employee. They pointed a firearm at the employee before fleeing on foot.

Mounted unit officers were on routine patrol in the area and responded to the event along with District resources. The Mounted officers intercepted the three young males who were running towards a pedestrian pathway in a nearby area.

Two of the suspects surrendered immediately when challenged by the Mounted officers while the third continued to flee on foot. He was taken into custody a short distance away, near the 3200 block of 32a Avenue S.E.

All three were arrested without incident and transferred to the custody of street units.

A replica hand gun that one of the youth had thrown into a nearby backyard was subsequently recovered. One youth was charged with one count of pointing a firearm and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

The Calgary Police Service Mounted Unit continues its commitment to public safety and police operations in the City of Calgary.

CASE # 17350872