Lethbridge man charged in connection with drive-by paintball shooting

Lethbridge Police have charged a 29-year-old man with assault and weapons offences in connection with an incident over the weekend where paintballs were fired from a moving truck at multiple people outside the Supervised Consumption Site.

Just after midnight on August 24, 2019 a female staff member and two male SCS clients were outside the facility along the 1000 block of 1 Avenue South when a white Dodge truck drove past and fired multiple paintballs at them. The two males were able to avoid being struck but the female staff member was hit multiple times in the leg, arm, torso and face. Following the initial assault, the truck returned within a few seconds and additional paintballs were fired at clients walking along 1 Avenue South, causing them to hit the ground and seek cover behind vehicles. Police were immediately contacted and an investigation was initiated.

Following a media release detailing the incident, police received multiple tips that assisted in identifying a suspect. On August 25, 2019 members of the Dowtown Policing Unit located the suspect at a city home where he was arrested without incident. Police also seized the paintball gun used in the assaults.

Jesse John James Bulman, 29, of Lethbridge, is charged with three counts of assault with a weapon and one count each of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and mischief to property.

Bulman is currently in custody awaiting a Judicial Interim Release hearing.

**A member of the Downtown Policing Unit will be available for interviews this afternoon when the officer is back on shift. Media will be advised later this morning when he will be available**