Beaumont issues warning to public after peace officer threatened

The City of Beaumont — just south of Edmonton — is asking everyone to respect law enforcement following a recent threat against a Beaumont Community Peace Officer.

On March 16, the officers were reportedly ticketing an illegally parked vehicle in the Montrose Estates neighbourhood when the vehicle’s owner confronted him.

In footage from the officer’s vehicle camera, the owner can be heard allegedly threatening to get a firearm from his home and shooting the officer if he doesn’t remove the ticket.

“I understand that no one is ever happy to get a ticket, but threatening public employees is never acceptable. They are here to serve this community, and they do it each day with care and dedication,” said Bill Daneluik, Mayor of Beaumont in a statement.

“Beaumont is a tight-knit, caring city, and I know the overwhelming majority of residents share my sentiment that our Municipal Enforcement and RCMP officers are welcome and respected members of our community. They are doing their jobs, and they have my full support. We have zero tolerance for violence or threats of violence against public employees.”

Jay Melvin, Director of Protective Services, added, “a threat like this would be unsettling in any circumstance, but it was incredibly disturbing that it occurred hours after two Edmonton Police Service members were shot and killed in the line of duty. Fortunately, our officer was able to keep the situation from escalating, as he is trained to do. He did the right thing, and we back him fully.”

The peace officer was offered mental health support following the incident.

Beaumont RCMP has since charged a 45-year-old man for uttering a threat of bodily harm or death and willful obstruction of a peace officer in the execution of their duty.

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