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Jul 14, 2019 | 08:42 1 Gopher shooting session turns into heavily-armed RCMP takedown on Alberta farm

The Strathmore father of two is considering his legal options just days after he and his family endured a “high-risk arrest” by Mounties on a rural farm, after they’d responded to a complaint that shots had been fired at a neighbouring property.

At about 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Mounties in the town of 14,000 just east of Calgary said they were called for reports of shots fired and responded with “multiple RCMP members,” which quickly spiralled into a terrifying confrontation that left DeWolfe, his family and two friends shaken.

“I’m a guy with a young family. I teach piano for a living, I’m not a drug-dealing thug,” the 29-year-old told Postmedia on Wednesday.

“I thought they were going to kill my wife, my kids and I. Every time I close my eyes, I see a gun pointed at my head.”

In a statement from RCMP, which said they will provide “no further commentary” on the incident, the force said the tactics used were in response to the seriousness of the complaint.

“Given the dangers and dynamics of this type of call to service, multiple RCMP members responded and contained the people who were believed to be involved,” RCMP said.

“No persons were injured during the resulting arrest. The safety of the RCMP and of the public in adjacent areas, as well as the safety of the subjects involved, was at all times the primary consideration.”

DeWolfe said he spent most of the day with his family at the Stampede before returning home around dinnertime Sunday evening. Following his arrival, he got a call from two friends who asked if they could come over and shoot some gophers on his rural property.

Soon after, he saw several RCMP vehicles at his neighbour’s property and called his friends to suggest they wrap up their shooting for the evening. Not thinking much about it, DeWolfe said he then ran a bath for his children, aged four and two.



“Given the dangers and dynamics of this type of call to service, multiple RCMP members responded and contained the people who were believed to be involved,” RCMP said. Reply With Quote
fjlip's Avatar Jul 14, 2019 | 09:07 2 Any links to his video of the incident? Reply With Quote
Jul 14, 2019 | 09:21 3 Ignorant heading for a post. Not appropriate considering the RCMP are not controlled by the government. They are your police so it might as well be Jazz jackboots. I thought the extreme right supported the police. Reply With Quote
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  • farmaholic's Avatar Jul 14, 2019 | 09:32 4 Beat me to it agstar. I was doing dishes when I read that and thought is was a bit over the top.

    My comment coming from a guy who vehemently dislikes the guy in the tread title....

    I guess I am too simple to make the connection.

    Lots of other shit can be pinned on him though! Reply With Quote
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  • Jul 14, 2019 | 09:49 5
    Quote Originally Posted by jazz View Post
    Gopher shooting session turns into heavily-armed RCMP takedown on Alberta farm

    The Strathmore father of two is considering his legal options just days after he and his family endured a “high-risk arrest” by Mounties on a rural farm, after they’d responded to a complaint that shots had been fired at a neighbouring property.

    At about 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Mounties in the town of 14,000 just east of Calgary said they were called for reports of shots fired and responded with “multiple RCMP members,” which quickly spiralled into a terrifying confrontation that left DeWolfe, his family and two friends shaken.

    “I’m a guy with a young family. I teach piano for a living, I’m not a drug-dealing thug,” the 29-year-old told Postmedia on Wednesday.

    “I thought they were going to kill my wife, my kids and I. Every time I close my eyes, I see a gun pointed at my head.”

    In a statement from RCMP, which said they will provide “no further commentary” on the incident, the force said the tactics used were in response to the seriousness of the complaint.

    “Given the dangers and dynamics of this type of call to service, multiple RCMP members responded and contained the people who were believed to be involved,” RCMP said.

    “No persons were injured during the resulting arrest. The safety of the RCMP and of the public in adjacent areas, as well as the safety of the subjects involved, was at all times the primary consideration.”

    DeWolfe said he spent most of the day with his family at the Stampede before returning home around dinnertime Sunday evening. Following his arrival, he got a call from two friends who asked if they could come over and shoot some gophers on his rural property.

    Soon after, he saw several RCMP vehicles at his neighbour’s property and called his friends to suggest they wrap up their shooting for the evening. Not thinking much about it, DeWolfe said he then ran a bath for his children, aged four and two.



    “Given the dangers and dynamics of this type of call to service, multiple RCMP members responded and contained the people who were believed to be involved,” RCMP said.
    the video


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHnEkj5-wPM Reply With Quote
    Jul 14, 2019 | 10:16 6 And that kids, is why you don't want to have anything to do with city/town people that shit their pants at any loud noise, or their mentally retarded offspring who become police officers. They have watched far too many episodes of COPS.

    Stay far back in the bush, away from the city where no on gives a shit about a gunshot. Reply With Quote
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  • Jul 14, 2019 | 10:18 7
    Quote Originally Posted by farmaholic View Post
    Beat me to it agstar. I was doing dishes when I read that and thought is was a bit over the top.

    My comment coming from a guy who vehemently dislikes the guy in the tread title....

    I guess I am too simple to make the connection.

    Lots of other shit can be pinned on him though!
    Can we blame it on Ralphie Goodale....who watched "a christmas story"...about BB guns.... Reply With Quote
    fjlip's Avatar Jul 14, 2019 | 10:28 8 Whoa, if this is true sounds like Nazi SS, shameful. The DUI could be Justin's 2 hours after driving law! Yes searching for GUNS, anything goes. Reply With Quote
    farmaholic's Avatar Jul 14, 2019 | 10:56 9
    Quote Originally Posted by bucket View Post
    Can we blame it on Ralphie Goodale....who watched "a christmas story"...about BB guns....
    Sure you can.....he is the Safety Minister. Reply With Quote
    Jul 14, 2019 | 11:06 10 I don't see the connection either, but nonetheless, it should be pinned on Trudeau, everything from the weather to the markets to grumpy spouses can and should be blamed on Trudeau. Throw it all against the wall and see what sticks. Seems to work for the other side.

    Besides that, this case likely resonates with his core supporters, who think we are all a bunch of wild dangerous gun toting rednecks who need to be subdued. Need to keep his supporters on side so we can get him elected again and separation can proceed as soon as possible Reply With Quote
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  • Jul 14, 2019 | 11:30 11 If you watch the second YouTube video from the one posted above and this guys story is remotely true ....... the neighbor “lady” needs to be thrown in jail and locked 🔒 up .
    That and yes this kind of b/S is a part result of the nanny state the liberals are pushing for and influencing weak minds Reply With Quote
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  • Jul 14, 2019 | 12:03 12 It happened out here as well...neighbor shooting gophers with a single shot 22 he had lost the clip....was reported by a revengeful neighbour.....this guy is ****ed for travel or holidays....shooting gophers...

    ****ing cops have to have more brains and say to the reporting neighbour to grow the **** up ...its a single shot... Reply With Quote
    Jul 14, 2019 | 12:14 13
    Quote Originally Posted by agstar77 View Post
    Ignorant heading for a post. Not appropriate considering the RCMP are not controlled by the government. They are your police so it might as well be Jazz jackboots. I thought the extreme right supported the police.
    Not at all. maybe you haven't noticed, but one thing the Libs did was unleash all the agencies against the people. CRA, RCMP are all cracking down. RCMP are ticketing anything and everything. They are 100% controlled by the govt. This guys rights were violated. Reply With Quote
    farmaholic's Avatar Jul 14, 2019 | 15:02 14 Paranoid neighbor possibly with a grudge or really concerned about the shooters' safely using their guns
    Over zealous cops or Mayerthorpe memories and protecting themselves.

    I don't like shooting gophers in heavily populated rural areas or next/close to urban centers. Even if your not shooting towards yardsites, even the sound of a gun going off is enough to make some people call law enforcement. What are they supposed to do? Ignore the call? I guess how they handle it when they get there makes the difference.

    I wouldn't want the job. Reply With Quote
    Jul 14, 2019 | 15:39 15
    Quote Originally Posted by farmaholic View Post
    Paranoid neighbor possibly with a grudge or really concerned about the shooters' safely using their guns
    Over zealous cops or Mayerthorpe memories and protecting themselves.

    I don't like shooting gophers in heavily populated rural areas or next/close to urban centers. Even if your not shooting towards yardsites, even the sound of a gun going off is enough to make some people call law enforcement. What are they supposed to do? Ignore the call? I guess how they handle it when they get there makes the difference.

    I wouldn't want the job.
    I wouldn't trade their job either, Damned if they do and Damned if they don't, and they put their lives on the line, all for one of the most thankless and unglorious jobs you can get.

    I wouldn't jump to any conclusions based on one guys side of the story. Guessing there is much more to the story, history with police? Ongoing feud with neighbors, possibly involving past violence? Hate to judge a book by its cover, but the full chest tattoo, doesn't add to his credibility in any way. Reply With Quote

  • Jul 14, 2019 | 15:53 16 Regina Kijiji always has an ad asking to come to your farm to shoot gophers. Even though we have far too many gophers with far too many mounds, I hesitate to invite them out for liability reasons. Just like this young guy learned the hard way, you open yourself up to be the whipping boy when you give some one license to do anything on your property. Shooting toward neighbours property without their permission is not a great idea either. Despite these considerations, the cops sure didn’t hesitate to use full force-did they? From the cops point of view, how do they know what they are going to confront. A guy I know with his kids was looking for saskatoons near Yorkton and a “ I don’t know what to call him” jumps outta the bush. See you never know. Reply With Quote
    Jul 14, 2019 | 16:39 17
    Quote Originally Posted by farmaholic View Post
    I wouldn't want the job.
    While they have a difficult job dealing with the underbelly of society, they also totally over react to the law abiding public.

    Strathmore isn't a big place. I would be surprised if they didn't know that farmer just by name yet they still went in all swat. Reply With Quote
    Jul 14, 2019 | 17:12 18
    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertaFarmer5 View Post
    I wouldn't trade their job either, Damned if they do and Damned if they don't, and they put their lives on the line, all for one of the most thankless and unglorious jobs you can get.

    I wouldn't jump to any conclusions based on one guys side of the story. Guessing there is much more to the story, history with police? Ongoing feud with neighbors, possibly involving past violence? Hate to judge a book by its cover, but the full chest tattoo, doesn't add to his credibility in any way.
    That why I said if .... Reply With Quote
    Jul 14, 2019 | 17:50 19
    Quote Originally Posted by furrowtickler View Post
    If you watch the second YouTube video from the one posted above and this guys story is remotely true ....... the neighbor “lady” needs to be thrown in jail and locked 🔒 up .
    That and yes this kind of b/S is a part result of the nanny state the liberals are pushing for and influencing weak minds
    I think the terms weak minds are redundant in your last statement, what other type of mind would be influenced by such fairy tail notions?

    And yes, I acknowledged your "if" disclaimer, a lot of if's in the whole story. Reply With Quote
    blackpowder's Avatar Jul 14, 2019 | 18:44 20 Yes, there could be more to the story.
    Yes, the police have a shitty job.
    Yes, increased populations mean you don't use a firearm within earshot of someone with a cell phone anymore. Acreage country.
    Yes, you can lose your whole ass if someone anonymously calls the firearms center and says they don't feel safe.
    Yes, police are trained but in a high risk situation the leash is off.
    Question?????
    How many older Sergeants do you see in the force anymore????
    40 is an old cop.
    I was *** near tasered for towing a header down the highway at 60kmh when everyone else was doing 100.
    From Toronto, first posting out of Depot.
    Just like down south boys.
    Keep your hands on the wheel where they can see them.
    And stop instantly when they turn on their lights. Even in the middle of the hiway with a wide load at dusk.
    And make sure you can open your passenger window from the driver side.
    Lol. He came up on the passenger side while I was looking for my license.
    Came unglued when I tried to open my door.
    Ya, just keep your hands where they can see them and move reeeeaaallll slow. Reply With Quote
    Jul 14, 2019 | 19:45 21 A Trudeau connection is a pretty big stretch.
    Now I am sure if the same thing
    Happened to native guy around regina.
    It would just be all about the police doing their jobs.
    There are great cops and not so great ones.
    They did seem to go overboard
    Here..

    It sounds like a American style
    Arrest .where the police have to assume everyone is armed
    Hopefully we fo not get to that
    Point. Reply With Quote
    Jul 14, 2019 | 19:51 22
    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertaFarmer5 View Post
    I wouldn't trade their job either, Damned if they do and Damned if they don't, and they put their lives on the line, all for one of the most thankless and unglorious jobs you can get.

    I wouldn't jump to any conclusions based on one guys side of the story. Guessing there is much more to the story, history with police? Ongoing feud with neighbors, possibly involving past violence? Hate to judge a book by its cover, but the full chest tattoo, doesn't add to his credibility in any way.
    Some of the nicest guys I know ride Harleys and are covered in tatoos. Just sayin' Reply With Quote
    Jul 14, 2019 | 19:51 23 Funny I don't remember anyone referring to Harper's jackboots when RCMP seized over 600 firearms from houses during the High River flood. As that's way more outrageous than this case I'm sure you must all have been really up in arms about the kind of society and the agendas being pursued by the Harper Government. Reply With Quote
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  • Jul 14, 2019 | 20:51 24 There's way more to this story and no doubt this guy has baggage. He was far to prepared for someone with a clean slate!

    Jazz, your one bitter man, are you ever happy? Reply With Quote
    Jul 14, 2019 | 21:04 25 I certainly don't condone what they did in HR, but that was an evacuation during a local disaster. Little different than going after some guy picking off gophers in the back 40.

    You guys don't really know whats going on in your country do you? Your freedoms are being eroded daily. Plain as the nose on your face. This is how fascism starts, one drip at a time. we will see what you think during Trudeaus second term when he bans firearms all together and puts a wealth tax on everyone and taxes capital gains to the max to fund his social experiment. Don't be complacent. Reply With Quote
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  • Jul 14, 2019 | 21:14 26 Trudeau RCMP confiscate 1 gun = bad.
    Harper RCMP confiscate 600+ guns = good.

    Points for logic by someone concerned about gun control = zero. Reply With Quote
    blackpowder's Avatar Jul 14, 2019 | 21:55 27 Correct me if anyone cares to look it up.
    But hasn't it always been a Liberal govt that bans a group or type of firearm. Or makes the ever tighter rules more 'safe'? Liberal enacted laws made High River possible.
    PET did not want property rights in the Constitution I believe.
    Starting mostly with the current PMs Daddy??
    Blaming gopher goons on sitting PM illogical.
    But the thought rot started with his ancestors. Reply With Quote
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  • Jul 14, 2019 | 23:11 28 Yes, I almost forgot about the past Liberal scholars under Jean Chretian and then Justice Minister Allan Rock bringing in gun registry which they estimated would cost 2 to 4 million initially, but costs quickly ballooned to well over 1.2 billion with the total never fully disclosed to the public. Good God, are there no accountants in Ottawa who couldn't give a more accurate estimate than that, it's obvious the liberals don't bother with accurate fiscal projections. How long do you think they would be employed if they made a 600% override mistake in the private sector and why was it allowed and tolerated in government then and still today. Yet another reason why we must take the cheque book away from the children. Reply With Quote
    Jul 14, 2019 | 23:31 29 An analogy us cattle farmers can probably understand.

    When tagging/treating/helping baby calves, the vast majority of mother cows will begrudgingly tolerate the intrusion, and so we tend to let our guard down. Then you get the odd cow who out of the blue becomes a killer cow at calving, and the trusting farmer gets rolled, stomped on, smashed and mashed, and is fortunate to survive. Once bitten, twice shy, the next poor cow whose calf gets caught is automatically guilty of all the crimes of the previous killer, and all possible "precautions" are taken to prevent a repeat performance. Slowly we get complacent again, then rinse and repeat.

    I can't imagine it is any different being a police officer, except in our case, we deal with cows from all walks of life, and the bad apples are the exception, whereas police see a disproportionate quantity of the less desirable side of humanity, affecting their trust that much more.

    I've been beat up and abused enough times, and usually by a cow I thought I could trust so didn't take enough precautions, to be able to speak from experience. Reply With Quote
    Jul 15, 2019 | 08:16 30
    Quote Originally Posted by countryguy View Post
    Some of the nicest guys I know ride Harleys and are covered in tatoos. Just sayin'
    As I said, not fair to generalize, lots of exceptions to every rule. But if I'm a police officer, and a guy comes out with no shirt and a giant chest tattoo, it just screams, I make poor life choices Reply With Quote