Jail time for Elkford gunman

A 41-year-old Elkford man was found guilty of three weapons charges in Fernie Court on Wednesday last week after an incident in November 2010.

The man was convicted of possession of a weapon for dangerous use, careless use of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

He was sentenced to four months in jail (in addition to the five months he’s already served.) Following his release there will be a three-month probationary period and he will have a 10-year firearms prohibition.

Late at night on November 3, RCMP responded to a call regarding a distraught individual who was believed to have a firearm in his residence.

An officer attended to assess the scene and wait for back up to arrive. The officer noted that there was activity inside the house and the man appeared to have a firearm.

A woman ran from the house and told the officer something that indicated that there were children inside the home and they were in danger.

Concerned for the safety of the children inside, the officer entered the home before back up arrived.

When inside the home the officer heard a rifle cycling from the hallway. The officer retreated and moments later a shot was fired.

After two hours, police were able to convince the man to leave the residence.

When police investigated the home they found that the man had fired shots from a high-powered rifle that had hit a door.

The children were found inside the house and were unharmed.

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