January 15th, 2021

Man remaining in custody until bail hearing


By Delon Shurtz on January 7, 2021.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.comL

A 29-year-old man facing several criminal charges following a police standoff in Lundbreck last October remains in custody while he waits to have a bail hearing.

Shaine William Smith, who is in custody at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, was represented by Calgary lawyer Robin McIntyre during a brief hearing Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court. The matter was simply adjourned, however, until Jan. 19 to allow the accused time to retain his lawyer.

Smith was charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, drug possession, resist/obstruct a peace officer, possession of stolen property and possession of break-in instruments.

At about 5:20 p.m. Oct. 2, the Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to an assault at a residence in Lundbreck where a man had assaulted another man, then fled and barricaded himself in another house, possibly with a firearm.

Officers from Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek and Piikani RCMP detachments surrounded the house and waited for the emergency response team and police dog service. After negotiations with the suspect failed, the response team burst into the home, but the suspect fled again. He was apprehended a short distance away by the police dog.

Police reported the victim of the assault suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

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