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Arrest made, Lethbridge Police lay charges in shot fired investigation

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LETHBRIDGE, AB –  A 27 year old Lethbridge man is facing a list of charges after a police officer heard someone fire off a shot from a gun.

The officer was responding to a car crash on 7th Avenue South on Monday afternoon (Sept. 20) when he heard, what he thought was a rifle shot.

Witnesses in the area confirmed a man fired off a round and then left the area on foot. Police went to a nearby school just to make sure students and staff were safe.

Officers quickly found the suspect and placed him under arrest. A firearm was also recovered.

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LPS say the man was involved in a confrontation with a person he knew. It’s believed the suspect fired a shot in the direction of a vehicle leaving the area, however no round has been recovered.

Rauiri McGinnity is accused of several offences including careless use of a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, and discharging a firearm with intent to injure.

As of Tuesday afternoon, he remains in jail awaiting a court appearance.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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