RCMP arrest men who allegedly used guns to confront snowmobilers

Published on February 17, 2016

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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.