Man sentenced following high-risk take down

Stettler’s Jade William Chapman, 22, has pleaded guilty and will be doing 20 days in jail followed by 12 months probation after a high-risk take down encounter with police.

On Dec. 28, 2019, RCMP were called to the home of Richie and Harriet Chapman, located south of Erskine, Alta., where the 22-year-old had gained access while high on methamphetamines.

They are the grandparents of the accused.

The pair had barricaded themselves inside their bedroom as Chapman managed to pop open the top of Richie’s gun safe, grabbing a firearm inside.

When the cops arrived on scene, they tried coaxing Chapman out with a bull horn but to no avail.

Eventually, they entered the home and shots were fired in random directions.

Chapman had then escaped out a side door where police conducted a high-risk takedown.

Since then, he has been held in jail at the Red Deer Remand Centre.

In Stettler Provincial Court on Thurs. Feb. 13, Chapman agreed to the statement of facts via CCTV.

RCMP charged Chapman with Careless Use of a Firearm, Unauthorized Possession of Firearm Knowing, and Unlawfully In Dwelling House of the Criminal Code. Other charges were withdrawn.

The sentence imposed on Chapman is 90 days imprisonment but 70 days have already been served in pre-trial custody so the accused will serve a total of 20 days which commenced on Thurs. Feb. 13.

Chapman also has a five-year prohibition on firearms and a no-contact order with his grandparents.

 

Terri Huxley

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