FSJ man in custody after shooting incident

Dawson Creek RCMP have a Fort St. John man in custody in connection with a shooting Sunday night.

Police received a call around midnight that someone had been shot. Upon arriving at the scene, police found the suspect had fled on foot in a t-shirt in -20 C weather.

Using police dogs, the suspect was tracked to a nearby farm, where authorities discovered that the suspect had allegedly stolen a tractor. RCMP Staff Sgt. Milo MacDonald said charges are also expected against the man on that account.

According to MacDonald, police followed the tractor's tracks across freshly fallen snow all the way to Fort St. John. Officers tracked him to a residence in the Southridge Trailer Park in Fort St. John, where the RCMP Emergency Response Team was deployed along with local RCMP officers and more police dogs.

The suspect came out of his home and turned himself in without incident. The shooting is still under investigation by both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John RCMP, and the suspect is being held in custody awaiting numerous charges.

MacDonald said that a police dog recovered the firearm allegedly used in the shooting, which he described as a .22-calibre rifle.

He told Dawson Creek City Council on Monday that there are indications that the alleged shooting may have been accidental.‎

MacDonald said the case was "terrific in terms of resolution." He added that the Fort St. John RCMP offered "tremendous cooperation" in the investigation.

According to police, the Dawson Creek man who was shot received surgery for non-life-threatening injuries, and was released from the hospital later on Monday.

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