Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 37-year-old man in connection with an incident Wednesday morning that resulted in a lockdown at a westisde school.
Just before 10 a.m. police responded to a 911 call reporting a male had entered Mike Mountain Horse School along the 100 block of Jerry Potts Boulevard, told staff he was being chased and was armed with weapon. No weapon was displayed or observed and staff were able to contain the male in an empty room. A lockdown was initiated in accordance with school policy and police were contacted. The subject was taken into custody without incident a short time later and a search subsequent to arrest resulted in police seizing a hatchet he had been concealing in his coat as well as a knife. Police also conducted a room-by-room search of the school but no other subjects were located and the lockdown was lifted. No one was injured.
Investigation determined that prior to entering Mike Mountain Horse School the subject had been observed walking near Father Leonard Van Tighem School and was acting erratically.
Drug use is believed to be a factor in the incident, but there is no evidence to suggest the man targeted the school or attended with the intent to harm students or staff.
Godfrey Adrian Shouting, 37, of no fixed address, is charged with possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public, carrying a concealed weapon and breach of an undertaking.
Shouting has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 21.