On September 29, 2018, members of the "F" Division Crime Reduction Teams (CRTs), North Battleford Municipal GIS and North Battleford RCMP, arrested three suspects who were wanted for various criminal offences.
Around 8:00 p.m. a member of the Crime Reduction Team observed a male, known to be wanted for serious firearms-related offences, enter a vehicle and leave a property in North Battleford. RCMP attempted a traffic stop and the vehicle began to accelerate and flee from police. RCMP members initiated a monitored pursuit which ended approximately 10 kilometres west of North Battleford on Highway 16 after the subject vehicle struck an RCMP police vehicle. The vehicle became un-driveable and three occupants fled on foot. They were apprehended a short time later. RCMP located a loaded handgun a short distance from where the suspects were taken into custody.
Two occupants from the suspect vehicle were assessed by paramedics and released into police custody.
The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old, Norman Percy Bird, along with a male youth and female youth, are now facing multiple charges. At the time of the incident, all three individuals were on warrant status. All three subjects have been remanded for court in North Battleford on October 1, 2018 in North Battleford.
Norman Percy Bird is facing a total of 45 charges resulting from a number of police investigations, including:
- Pointing a Firearm 87 Criminal Code (CC)
- Uttering Threats 264.1(1)(a) CC
- Aggravated Assault 268 CC
- Forcible Confinement 279(2) CC
- Possess a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose 88 CC
- Discharge a Firearm Recklessly 244.2(3) CC
- Robbery with a Firearm 344 CC
- Evade Police 249.1(1) CC
- Assault a Police Officer 270(1)(b) CC
The two youths cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. This investigation remains ongoing.