Saskatoon Police Major Crime and General Investigation Section investigators have laid seven charges against the 34 year old man involved in a shooting in the downtown area last week.
Michael Andrew Arcand, DOB 1983/05/25 has been charged with attempted murder, use of a firearm while committing an indictable offence (attempted murder), possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, carrying a homemade shotgun without reasonable precaution for the safety of other persons, possession of a homemade shotgun, possession of a firearm without a license, and manufacturing a firearm.
Michael Arcand remains in hospital and is now in the custody of Provincial Corrections. He has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Saskatoon Provincial Court on October 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Shortly after 3:00 p.m., September 27, 2017, Patrol and Canine Officers responded to a report of a male breaking a window to gain access to a vehicle parked in the 200 block of 4th Avenue South.
Responding Officers located the male in the west alley of the 200 block of 4th Avenue and at that time observed him to be carrying a weapon, now known to be a firearm. The suspect refused to comply with repeated requests to follow Police instruction and moved to 4th Avenue. He continued to disobey Officers commands resulting in the deployment of less lethal options including a conducted energy weapon and bean-bag rounds. Both less lethal options were ineffective. The suspect then fired at Police, and Officers continued to deliver bean-bag rounds. The suspect fled towards 20th Street where Officers engaged him with their service-issued firearms, striking him and taking him into custody, with the assistance of a Police Service Dog. Officers immediately rendered first aid until MD Ambulance arrived and transported him to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
No Officers were seriously injured as a result of this incident.
A firearm was recovered at the scene, with a live round in the chamber.
The suspect, a 34-year-old man, was transported to hospital where he remains receiving treatment for his injuries. The suspect has not yet been interviewed by Police but will face charges of Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public and Careless Use of a Firearm. It is anticipated that more charges will follow as the investigation continues.
Police wish to thank those who have already supplied video surveillance, and continue to ask anyone who witnessed the incident, or have additional surveillance video and/or images, to report it to Police at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The Major Crimes and General Investigations Sections are continuing to investigate and oversight has been requested from Saskatchewan Justice.