RCMP arrest men who allegedly used guns to confront snowmobilers

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A man dressed in camouflage and armed with an assault rifle froze the snowmobilers in their tracks.

A snowmobiler with one passenger stopped his machine at a barricade Monday in Winsloe North.

A man came out of hiding holding a rifle to confront the pair.

Police called to the scene were able to diffuse the situation and apprehend the armed man.

During the investigation, police determined a second incident occurred Saturday involving the same man and a friend. One of the men allegedly fired a gun in the air when snowmobiles approached the barricade.

A 25-year-old North Winsloe man and a 29-year-old Charlottetown man were arrested for careless use of a firearm.

Both men will appear in court on March 29.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Scott Stevenson says firearms should not be used to scare off snowmobilers.

“If there is a problem with people trespassing...please call us,’’ he says.

“We will do everything we can do...you just can’t take matters into your own hands.’’

Stevenson says the RCMP get a handful of complaints each season of snowmobilers riding on private property in P.E.I.





Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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Recent comments

    February 18, 2016 - 13:14

    They RCMP will do everything they can but once the charges are laid it is out of their hands. That is when out elite JUDGES TAKE Over. Nothing more needs to be said as I am sure that all understand.

  • Fed up
    February 18, 2016 - 11:33

    "Call us". THAT doesn't do anything to keep these people off our private property! They would be welcome if they came in EARLY evening or daylight...and stop racing through like they own the place...all hours of the night. Police are called. Naturally, when - IF - they come, they do nothing! Usually the riders are gone by the time the police get there. If they DO get there in time, they just tell them not to trespass and walk away. So very scary! Next day? They're back - sometimes after midnight - racing their engines! A lot of good calling the police! Hard to blame the owners for trying to protect their property.

  • Hawkins
    February 18, 2016 - 10:52

    Another "responsible gun owner" strikes again. How did he/they get hold of an "assault rifle"? I thought they were banned in this country?

  • word
    February 18, 2016 - 10:21

    The wording here doesn't sound right. "Assault rifle". Firstly, in Canada you cannot own an assault rifle, so there'd be major issues with that. I'm guessing it was your ordinary hunting rifle but editor is trying to glam it up.

  • bob
    February 18, 2016 - 06:29

    Hope he is band from own firearms for life.

  • Louann
    February 17, 2016 - 20:08

    Theses snowmobiles drivers should now be charge by the owners with trespassing with no permission, A criminal offence . Now that the RCMP now know who they are ! It's to bad that theses rogue drivers with there taunting behaviour can push a property owner to this point ! No different than the rogue drivers that destroyed a farmers blueberry fields in eastern PEI . Who continue returning to destroy the same property over and over again. The RCMP are aware they cannot chase theses drivers ,when they have no skido to do so. And there hands are tied as well. To the family of these men, charge the punks with trespassing .

  • Louann
    February 17, 2016 - 16:41

    What a shame that it has to come down that property owners have to take matters in their own hands. That they are pushed so far by rogue snowmobile drivers that it comes to this , and than be charged themselves on their own property. Look at the destruction of the blueberry crops in eastern pei , by rogue snowmobile drivers Two weeks ago. It's time to ban snowmobiles to destination areas ,such as the confederation trail. If you need to get to the trail ,get a trailer to carry your sled there. No different than a motor boat or seadoo.

  • Carl Winsloe
    February 17, 2016 - 15:27

    Why is it only ever the lunatics who want to own high-powered rifles? Get these idiots out of here..

  • enough already
    February 17, 2016 - 13:28

    define assault rifle

  • Dave
    February 17, 2016 - 12:14

    Not a whole lot of sympathy for armed conflicts but..........this story is lacking. Was it private property? Did these men own the property? This is relevant. ........I do have some sympathy for land owners who have to deal with trespassing snowmobiles (assuming this is the case here).

  • Truth Seeker
    Truth Seeker
    February 17, 2016 - 12:00

    Unless we want to end up like our neighbours to the south I suggest we take their gun privileges away permanently.