Strathmore RCMP have arrested a Calgary resident who now faces multiple firearms-related charges following a road-rage complatin earlier this month.
On Sept. 10, Strathmore mounties responded to a road-rage complaint on Highway 1 east of Calgary, where a motorist reportedly flashed a handgun at the complainant. Strathmore members located the suspect vehicle on Highway 1 near Range Road 270.
"A high risk traffic stop was initiated and two males were arrested in the vehicle," a statement from the detachment read. "A search of the vehicle yielded a loaded nine-millimetre handgun in a holster under the drivers seat, and a 12 gauge shotgun with ammunition behind the back seat."
The passenger was released without charge on scene while the driver was taken into custody and lodged into cells at Strathmore detachment. According to RCMP, a database search revealed other firearms were registered to the driver as well.
"Given the erratic and dangerous behaviour in this incident, a public safety warrant was obtained to search the suspect’s home to seize any remaining firearms until this matter could heard by the courts," the RCMP statement read.
With assistance of Calgary Police Service, Strathmore mounties searched the suspect’s home in Calgary, where several other firearms were located, all of which were unsafely stored. Ammunition was found in various locations around the residence.
Firearms seized consisted of an AR15, 22 shotguns, rifles, air rifles and an M1 Carbine, 20 revolvers and semi-automatic handguns, four airsoft replicas, and various ammunition. In total 49 firearms were seized. Of those, 12 were classified as restricted, 10 were classified as prohibited, and a number of prohibited devices such as magazines capable of holding more than the permitted number of rounds were seized. RCMP stated the majority of restricted or prohibited firearms were not registered.
Trevor Hauck, a 51-year-old resident of Calgary, was held for a bail hearing on charges of pointing a firearm; using a firearm in the commission of an offence; unsafe storage of a firearm; carrying a concealed weapon; possession of a prohibited weapon that was knowingly unauthorized; and unauthorized possession of a prohibited device.
According to Strathmore RCMP, Hauck was released on conditions to appear in court. The investigation is ongoing at this time, and further additional charges are expected resulting from the search of Hauck's home and items seized.
“The alleged details in this matter is not representative of responsible gun ownership and was unsafe for all involved," said Strathmore RCMP's staff sgt. Mark Wielgosz. "It is fortunate nobody was harmed. Public safety is of paramount importance which was the driving factor in the immediate response and subsequent search of a residence to prevent further offences. The charges and disposition of the seized firearms from this point will be decided by the courts.”