Lethbridge Police have charged a 29-year-old man with assault and weapons offences in connection with an incident over the weekend at the mall.
On February 18, 2018 at approximately 2:45 p.m. police responded to a report of a male with a handgun in the food court area of Park Place Mall along the 500 block of 1 Avenue South. Investigation determined the subject approached an unknown male and indicated he was armed with a gun. Given the high-risk nature of the circumstances, police on scene displayed both lethal and less-lethal force options including their sidearms, carbine rifles and sock guns. One male was taken into custody without incident in the food court area, and a short time later two other males were arrested inside the mall and a fourth male was arrested downtown. No one was injured. At this time the weapon has not been recovered, however police have evidence to suggest it was a BB gun.
The male subject from the food court and the other two males arrested inside the mall, were later released without charges.
Jeffery Robert Weasel Head, 29, of Standoff, is charged with assault with a weapon, using an imitation firearm during the commission of an offence and causing a disturbance. Following a Judicial Interim Release hearing, Weasel Head was released from custody with numerous conditions including a prohibition from attending the mall. Weasel Head is scheduled to appear in court March 2.
Shortly after the arrest of the male subject in the food court area, a man who had been throwing tables around and causing a disturbance, was arrested under the Mental Health Act. This incident was separate and unrelated to the firearms complaint.