A 65-year-old man from the Carnduff area will appear in Estevan’s provincial court on Monday after he fired a shotgun at an RCMP cruiser Thursday.
The man had been busted for impaired driving that evening and a Mountie was driving the man home to leave him in the custody of his wife.
The officer, the man and his wife were in the double garage of the home when the man said he needed to use the washroom. The man disregarded an RCMP command to remain where he was when he disappeared behind a door.
An RCMP news release says the officer heard the very distinctive sound of a shotgun shell being chambered. The man emerged with a shotgun pointed at the ceiling.
The officer, who had already drawn his gun, told the man to drop the shotgun. Police say the man asked his wife to open the garage door.
The man walked out of the garage, shot at the Mountie’s cruiser and then fled into the woods.
“The officer was calling for backup at this time,” said Cpl. Rob King, a spokesperson with the RCMP F Division.
“When the police dog showed up, the man surrendered.”
The man was unarmed when a canine unit brought him in. The man later directed the police to where he had dumped the gun in the bushes.
The officer was uninjured.