RCMP make 2 arrests, 1 suspect still at large in Beauval firearm investigation

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The Beauval RCMP are still searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a firearms discharge investigation that began on Aug. 17.

Zachary Montgrand, 22, is charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and one count of flight from a peace officer. The Meadow Lake Crime Reduction Team (CRT) is working to located Montgrand, who is also wanted by Buffalo Narrows RCMP on outstanding warrants for assault and breaking-and-entering.

Montgrand is 5’9” and around 240 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. RCMP officers believe he is in Cole Bay, but have not been able to confirm the information.

Montgrand was one of three suspects charged following reports that a firearm was discharged on Hwy 155 north of Beauval. The other two, Marissa McCallum and Kelsey Iron, appeared in Meadow Lake Provincial Court on Aug. 28.

Iron, 29, was charged with one count of assault and three counts of failing to comply with probation. McCallum, 24, faces two counts of resisting/obstructing a peace officer, three counts of failing to comply with a probation order, and one count of carrying a weapon contrary to a court order.

None of the charges have been tested in court.

Beauval RCMP began their investigation at around 2 p.m. on Aug. 17 following reports of a gunshot north of the community. Investigators say three individuals travelling in a vehicle fired a gun at an unoccupied vehicle parked on the side of the highway. No injuries were reported.

An RCMP response team, including officers from the Beauval, Ile-a-la-Crosse, and La Loche detachments, began searching for the suspects with help from the Meadow Lake Police Dog Services (PDS) team, and the Meadow Lake CRT. They located the suspected vehicle and attempted to pull it over without success.

PDS and CRT Officers patrolled the area and later saw two individuals run out of a forested area and enter Canoe Lake on a canoe. Officers secured a boat, followed the suspects on to the lake, and arrested them without incident. The RCMP also seized eight grams of crack cocaine during the arrest.