Shot fired into farm-couple’s home near North Battleford

A 79 year old farm couple were awakened at about 5 a.m. Sunday morning west of North Battleford, Sask., by an alarm.

North Battleford RCMP say they were called to the farm by the residents after a gunshot broke the window of a house, following a person being spotted on the home’s deck.

RCMP are investigating the break-in of an out-building at a farm and believe the suspect fled the farmyard to waiting vehicle. Police say there were no injuries during the incident.

CBC is reporting that Ed and Kathy Smith were alerted to someone attempting to break in to their garage by their alarm system. When Ed knocked on a window to let someone on their deck know he could see the person a single shot was fired at the house, breaking the window.

RCMP say the suspect in the incident is about 5 feet 7 inches tall, was wearing dark clothing and a backpack. The detachment is using the services of its forensic identification group to investigate.

Local residents are asked to contact the Battlefords RCMP if they observed vehicles or activity in the area in the early hours of Sunday morning.

This is the RCMP report of the incident:

At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Sunday Feb. 18th, Battlefords RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of a break and enter at a rural property west of Battleford. Initial investigation determined that an unidentified suspect had been observed breaking into an outbuilding. The same suspect is then believed to have discharged a firearm once at the residence, resulting in a broken window. No injuries were reported.

Police Dog Services (PDS) attended and determined the suspect had then fled on foot to a waiting vehicle. The suspect was not located.

The only description available is that the suspect was approximately 5 feet 7 inches, wearing dark clothing and a back pack. Anyone with information regarding suspicious vehicles or activity in the area is asked to contact Battlefords RCMP at 306-446-1720 or call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

This investigation is ongoing with assistance from the RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section (FIS).

Here is a link to CBC’s coverage: bit.ly/2Gs9bTy

mike.raine@producer.com

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Comments

  • Nelson Wayne Liston

    “When Ed knocked on a window….a single shot was fired at the house, breaking the window.” Sounds deliberate to me…but what do I know.

    • Donna

      It is a good thing the criminal was a bad shot or the farmer would be dead. The fact that Canadians have no right to defend themselves is insane.

      • Harold

        Canadians do have the right to defend themselves; the jury just proved it. Canadians should be alarmed that Trudeau and the Justice Minister in the name of race baiting are now trying to interfere further into those Rights. The Judges are independent and rightly so to prevent political meddling and corruption from taking place in the outcomes of the Court’s verdicts. In the same regard, the Justice Minister has proven her political bias and now incompetent she should be ordered by the Governor General to step down. The Justice Minister serves in the pleasure of Her Majesty the Queen in a separate executive branch of the government and not to the pleasure of Justin Trudeau or his Liberal Party. In the Justice Ministers position she must remain unbiased and objective in the entire management of the Justice process in this Country and she has now stepped over than line and has failed. Canadians need to inform the Governor General in writing of this travesty and ask for her removal. Justice Minister Jody Willson-Raybold is the former regional Chief for the assembly of first nations in British Columbia and she has clearly shown her bias and has pitted Canadians against each other in doing so.

        • Adrian Holmes

          hearee! hearee! I share your opinion.

  • Monkeeworks

    Thank goodness the farmer didn’t have a gun and shoot back. I can’t take any more of our PM and Minister of justice apologies, or complaints of injustice by others. Wonder how long it took for the RCMP to respond this time? After all, when seconds count the police are only minutes away.

    • Glenda

      Police may take some time to responds in a rural area as many of us farmers know!

    • Harold

      I wonder if the police would have shot back under the same circumstances. Gee let me think about that for a nanosecond. Do police lives matter? I wonder what makes a police officer smarter than a farmer. The crime levels do speak volumes about the incompetency of government and their Law enforcement. I do not believe that the Canadian taxpayer has enough money in their pockets to pay for all of the Law enforcement that is required and is needed today. As always, it is the tax payer at their own expense who ends up cleaning all of the messes that the politicians make. It is almost as though the Parliament buildings have become some sort of a tax funded Day Care facility wherein there are plenty of nursery books and rhymes and no outside contact to or with reality. It certainly could explain a lot.

  • Jamie

    And a break in today near North Battleford where they stole several guns. Sounds to me that area of the province is not safe. Out of control crime wave.

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