Traffic stops leads to arrests in connection with attempted murder investigation

On June 8th, police stopped a Jeep Liberty with Alberta plates for having no rear taillights. During the investigation, they were notified the vehicle was flagged as “seizure” by Alberta RCMP in connection with an attempted homicide investigation.

The three male occupants were placed under investigative detention and during a routine search; marijuana was located on the individuals, resulting in an arrest on drug related charges.

Subsequent to the arrest, a search of the vehicle resulted in a handgun being located and all three males were escorted to the Balmoral Police Station for processing. During this process, it was revealed that one male did not provide his real name and two of the individuals were on weapon prohibition conditions. While at the police station, the suspects were once again searched prior to being placed in cells, again resulting in more drugs being found on one of the males.

Cody Ryan Degirolamo, 18, Garner Roland Belcourt, 27, both from Dawson Creek, and Christopher Timothy Kirkpatrick, 34, from Burnaby have all been charged with the following:

– Unauthorized Possession of Prohibited/Restricted Weapon
– Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/Ammunition
– Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
– Occupant of Motor Vehicle knowing there was a Firearm

Kirkpatrick has also been charged with:
– Possession of a Firearm while Prohibited
– Possession of Marijuana

Belcourt is also charged with:
– Possession of a Firearm while Prohibited
– Fail to Comply with Recognizance
– Obstruct Police
– Possession of Marijuana
– Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Marijuana

All three men appeared in court and are remaining in district jail.

Degirolama made another court appearance yesterday.

Belcourt and Kirkpatrick are expected to make another court appearance today.  

RCMP Calgary General Investigation Section followed up on the attempted murder investigation in relation to a shooting near Innisfail, Alberta, June 2, 2014.

The investigation led to a fourth male suspect being located a week later in Thunder Bay. This suspect is also a person of interest in the attempted murder investigation.

Aaron Mayers, 33, of Pitt Meadows was arrested on outstanding warrants unrelated to the attempted murder case.

Mayers made his first court appearance yesterday and is also remaining in district jail.

The vehicle that the suspects were operating has been seized by the Thunder Bay Police and is currently being examined by Forensic Identification Officers in conjunction with the ongoing RCMP investigation.

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