At approximately 10:29 a.m. on Dec. 2, 2021, Wetaskiwin RCMP responded to a 911 call of a male who entered a business and pointed a firearm at two employees in the area of 41 Ave and 56 Street in Wetaskiwin, Alta.
Wetaskiwin RCMP with the assistance of Wetaskiwin RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) attended the business where they evacuated the business for public safety and searched for the suspect.
The suspect was not located at the scene.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the male suspect entered the business, pointed what is believed to be a firearm at two employees, ran out of the building and fled the scene in a truck. The truck was later determined to be stolen from a business in Leduc.
Both employees were not physically injured.
Wetaskiwin RCMP GIS and Wetaskiwin RCMP Crime Reduction Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in Wetaskiwin and arrested one male.
Shawn Robert Douglas Phinney, 30, from Wetaskiwin was charged with:
• Use of a firearm in commission of offence;
• Pointing a firearm x2;
• Assault with a weapon x2;
• Carrying concealed weapon;
• Possession of a firearm knowing possession in unauthorized;
• Disguised with intent;
• Theft of motor vehicle;
• Break and enter;
• Failure to comply with release order;
• Possession contrary to order.
Phinney was remanded into custody following a judicial hearing. He is next scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial court on Dec. 17, 2021.