RCMP make arrest after officer and suspect exchange gunfire

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RCMP investigators have made two arrests after an officer exchanged gunfire with a suspect while serving a warrant on Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation on Wednesday.

The incident began Wednesday morning when members of the Saskatchewan RCMP’s Prince Albert Warrant Enforcement and Suppression Team (WEST) began searching for 42-year-old Prentice Bowman.

Bowman is wanted on multiple warrants related to incidents from the past four months. The charges include uttering threats, assault with a weapon, and other firearms related offences.

At around 11:50 a.m., the WEST team saw Bowman and another man walking in a residential area. According to a RCMP press release, Officers approached the duo and attempted to arrest Bowman, but the second man fired a gun at them. One officer returned fire. No injuries were reported.

The officers were able to arrest Bowman at the scene while the second man fled. Bowman remains in custody on warrants. He is not charged with any crime in connection to Wednesday’s incident.

WEST officers began searching for the man with assistance from the Saskatchewan RCMP’s Ahtahkakoop detachment, the Critical Incident Reponse Team, Police Dog Services, the Crime Reduction Team, and Saskatoon Police Service Air Services.

They found the suspect at around 2:30 p.m., seized a gun and ammunition, and made an arrest. The Saskatchewan RCMP’s Prince Albert General Investigation Section (GIS) have taken over the investigation.

Sheldon Badger, 24, faces four charges, including one count of attempted murder. Badger made his first court appearance on Thursday and is scheduled to appear again on Friday, April 12.

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call local police. To submit tips anonymously, call 1-800-222-8477, or visit www.saskcrimestoppers.com.