“Canada’s Most Dangerous City” lived up to its reputation on Tuesday night with an especially violent evening in North Battleford.
Last week, the City of North Battleford drew national attention when a Maclean’s Magazine article named the city as “Canada’s Most Dangerous City” with crime statistics based on a list of all 305 communities nationwide with populations with 10,000 people or more.
Last night alone, Battleford RCMP responded to a serious stabbing, shots being fired at a residence, an armed home invasion with a subsequent high speed chase and more shots fired in the city, all of which were unrelated.
The violent evening began at approximately 8 p.m., when RCMP received a call from a resident on the 1000 block of 104 St indicating there was a male in the driveway bleeding from several stab wounds. RCMP and EMS attended and found a 34-year-old male with serious injuries. He was transported to Saskatoon for surgery and is expected to recover. The suspect is still at large and RCMP do not believe this is a random incident.
Later that night, RCMP were called by a resident on 111 St in North Battleford indicating they had heard several shots being fired. RCMP were able to locate a residence with several bullet holes in it on the 1400 block of 114 St. Members located the occupant who was not injured in the incident. RCMP are investigating, however the occupant refused to co-operate with police. Again, RCMP do not believe this is a random act.
Then at approximately 3 a.m., RCMP received a call that three males armed with firearms kicked in the front door of a residence on the 1100 block of 109 St. The suspects took anything of value and left a short time later in a stolen vehicle. Members arrived on the scene and while on patrol heard shots being fired and converged on another area of the city. The suspect vehicle was located and police attempted to stop it. The vehicle refused to stop and fled.
RCMP began a vehicle pursuit but called it off due to unsafe driving conditions and the manner in which the suspect vehicle was being operated. The vehicle was later located abandoned Cutknife.
Battlefords Staff Sgt. Darcy Woolfit said the detachment is obviously concerned about the severity of the recent crimes, however they all have one common element.
"These incidents are not random acts," said Woolfit. "The person's involved in all of the incidents on Tuesday all knew the suspect involved."
The investigation into these incidents are continuing, however RCMP are requesting the public’s help. If you have details on these crimes call Crime Stoppers or the Battlefords RCMP.
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