A 22-year-old Lethbridge man remains in police custody following an investigation into the suspected firing of a handgun Sunday evening outside of a supervised consumption site.

Police responded to the ARCHES (AIDS Outreach Community Harm Reduction Education and Support Society) supervised consumption in the 1000 block of 1 Avenue South shortly after 6:00 p.m. following reports a handgun had been fired near the centre’s west entrance.

Aided by the descriptions of witnesses, officers located the suspect attempting to hide within a group of people and the man was apprehended. Police officials say a loaded pellet gun that closely resembled a handgun and a small quality of methamphetamine were seized during the arrest.

No injuries have been reported in connection with the incident.

As a result of the investigation, 22-year-old Joshua Emmanual Hairy Bull of Lethbridge has been charged with:

  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Careless use of a firearm
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Breach of an undertaking

Hairy Bull will remain in custody pending the result of a judicial interim release hearing.