Lethbridge man charged with attempted murder

Lethbridge Police have charged a 32-year-old Lethbridge man with attempted murder in connection with a targeted incident where shots were fired at a west side home Sunday night.

On April 15, 2018 at approximately 9 p.m. police responded to a 911 call reporting that a male had fired several rounds into a home along Heritage Boulevard. Frontline officers responded along with members of the Tactical Team. Four people escaped from the home safely and the area was cordoned off as police attempted to determine the whereabouts of the suspect. Members of the Tactical Team entered and searched the residence but the suspect was not located. After clearing the home police re-located to a second location along Dalhousie Court, but the subject was not located there. Following further investigation it was confirmed the suspect fled in a vehicle and had left the city. RCMP were notified and at approximately 1:45 a.m. members of the RCMP Emergency Response Team located the suspect along Highway 2. A pursuit ensued and the suspect later pulled over near Granum and exited his vehicle. He refused to obey police direction and was attempting to re-enter the vehicle when he was taken to the ground by officers. There were no injuries to police or the suspect. The male and his vehicle were transported back to Lethbridge. A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of a rifle and ammunition.

This incident was a targeted crime and the parties involved are known to one another.

Robert John Sheppard, 32, is charged with four counts of attempted murder and one count each of discharging a firearm into a place, resisting arrest, careless use, storage of a firearm, pointing a firearm, assault, possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public, unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm/weapon in a vehicle, possession of a firearm/weapon obtained by the commission of an offence and carrying a concealed weapon. A Judicial Interim Release hearing was held Monday night and Sheppard was remanded in custody to appear in court today.

 

**MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Acting Staff Sgt. Ryan Stef, Criminal Investigation Section, will be available for media interviews today at 11 a.m. at the police station. This will be the only opportunity for on-camera interviews**