Queens District RCMP has charged a man with firearms offences after an incident in West Caledonia.
On November 15 at 11:40 a.m., while police were in West Caledonia investigation an assault with a weapon complaint, they were flagged down by two people who advised that they had been shot at. The victims advised that they had gone to a man’s home on West Caledonia Rd. to confront him about some damage he had done to a family member’s vehicle earlier in the day. A verbal confrontation occurred and when the victims were getting back into their vehicle, the man shot at them with what they believed was a shotgun. The victims immediately fled the area. Neither victim was injured.
While police were speaking with the victims, the suspect pulled up in his vehicle. Police immediately took the man into custody without incident. He was transported to the Liverpool RCMP Detachment where he was held in custody overnight.
Police continued their investigation and on the morning of November 16, a search warrant was executed at the man’s residence. Queens District RCMP were assisted by RCMP Police Dog Services in the search. Through the course of the search, PDS located the firearm that is believed to have been used in this incident and police seized it. Police also seized ammunition and another weapon that was believed to have been used in the original complaint being investigated prior to the shots fired incident.
Robert Carl Forrest, 34, of West Caledonia, has been charged with the following:
· Assault with a Weapon;
· Uttering Threats;
· Discharging a Firearm with Intent (2 counts);
· Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose;
· Careless Use of a Firearm;
· Possession of a Firearm Knowing Possession is Unauthorized;
Forrest was granted bail and released on a number of conditions including house arrest. He will return to Bridgewater Provincial Court on December 15, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.
The investigation is ongoing.