A male attended the Consort RCMP detachment on Tues. Oct 25 at 7;40 p.m. following an interaction that he had with the police earlier that day. The male had rammed a parked police vehicle with his personal vehicle and then proceeded to take a hatchet and break windows in an attempt to enter the detachment, advising the members that he wanted police to shoot him. The male also advised police that he had a handgun in his pocket.
Members were deployed from the Consort, Coronation, Hanna, Provost and Oyen RCMP, along with Lethbridge/Calgary/Red Deer Dog Service, Eastern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit and the Calgary RCMP Emergency Response Team, along with Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety HAWCS (Calgary Police Service)
The male then returned to his vehicle and left the Consort RCMP detachment and a traffic stop was initiated. The male stopped his vehicle and exited it with an axe and knife, telling the Consort/Coronation RCMP members that they needed to do something as we walked towards them with weapons in his hands. A Conducted Energy Weapon was deployed and the male dropped his weapons and went to the ground. The male then attempted to grab the axe again but the members were able to take him into police custody safely.
During this incident, threats were made to the police, and not the public.
As a result of the investigation, Consort RCMP have charged Charles Alexander Lair (37), a resident of Consort, with two counts of mischief over $5000, resist obstruct a Peace Officer, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and uttering threats.
Lair was released on cash bail with conditions and will appear in Coronation Provincial Court on Dec. 9, 2022, at 11 a.m.