Crime & Court Northern Alberta

Grande Prairie RCMP arrest man, seize firearms

GRANDE PRAIRIE – Grande Prairie RCMP arrested a 69-year-old man and seized a large quantity of firearms, weapons, and ammunition, after executing a search warrant on a property north of the city.

Leonard Berry of Grande Prairie was charged with 69 firearms related offences. They include possession of a firearm or weapon contrary to a prohibition order, 21 counts of unsafe storage of a firearm, 20 counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, three counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon/ammunition, and resisting arrest.

RCMP began an investigation after receiving a report that a man was in possession of firearms and ammunition contrary to a lifetime firearms prohibition.

Police obtained a search warrant for a property approximately 45 kilometres northeast of Grande Prairie. On the morning hours of Dec. 2, Grande Prairie RCMP executed the search warrant at the property. Assistance for the search was provided by Spirit River RCMP, RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS), RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT), and RCMP Air Services.

During the execution of the search warrant, the suspect wouldn’t surrender to police and a four-hour standoff ensued. Support units provided tools such as the Tactical Armoured Vehicle (TAV), and the suspect did eventually surrender to RCMP.

A search of the property was completed, with the assistance of Grande Prairie RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) and Forensic Identification Section (FIS). Police located and seized 21 firearms, two crossbows, and several thousand rounds of ammunition.

Berry has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Dec. 14.

Grande Prairie RCMP say they remain committed to building safe communities. If you have information about this incident or any other illegal activity, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or call your local police.

If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com ( http://www.p3tips.com/ ) or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.