Targeted shooting at Lethbridge tent encampment

Lethbridge Police have charged a 37-year old male in connection with an incident where a man was shot Sunday night.  It was shortly after 8 PM when police responded to a report of a shooting at a tent encampment site, which is located along the 500 block on Stafford Drive South.  Upon arrival, a 33-year-old man was located with a gun shot wound.  Police investigation determined the two males who are both residents of the encampment were involved in a verbal altercation that resulted in the victim being shot before the subject fled the scene.  He was arrested without incident a short time later. The victim was transported to hospital by EMS and has since been released. LPS adds, as this was a targeted incident between two individuals known to each other, they say there is no evidence to suggest ongoing risk to the general public.

Police obtained a warrant to search tents and structures in the area of the shooting to locate the weapon.  As of publishing time, it is yet to be located.  If any member of the member of the public comes across a firearm or has any information that could assist investigation, LPS ask you to call them at 403-328-4444.

Residents of the encampment site have been evacuated, and a notice “Encampment clean-up in 48 hours” was posted.

Lethbridge Police have charged Nathan Parker Spearchief, 37, of Lethbridge, with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, discharge a firearm with intent to endanger life, unauthorized possession of a firearm, use of a firearm while committing an offence, possession of a firearm obtained by the commission of an offence and possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public.

Spearchief remains in custody awaiting a Judicial Interim Release hearing.

Naveen Day

Naveen came to Lethbridge in 2018 with experience in broadcast spanning over 20 years. In Winnipeg, he produced two factual entertainment shows for Shaw and Bell MTS prior to his move to Southern Alberta where he quickly ventured out into the world of journalism at Bridge City News. Naveen has a passion for producing thought-provoking and informative news pieces that answer questions we all have in the back of our minds.

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