2019-11-20

Social media argument escalates, results in firearm charges against Port Mouton man



RCMP have charged a Port Mouton man with several firearms-related charges after an argument on social media escalated between him and another individual.

The RCMP was called at 3:32 a.m. on November 10. Two men had been having a conversation via social media when one told the other to come to his place.

The complainant said he and three other men went to the suspect's home. The three men got out of the vehicle and started breaking windows in the suspect's home. The suspect responded by shooting at the grille of the victim's vehicle with a shotgun. Three shots were fired, and when the victim tried to leave the area, the car broke down. No one was hurt.

Michael Gerald Douglas Wentzell, 27, of Southwest Port Mouton, was arrested by police, without incident a short time later. He was held in custody and has been charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm; careless use of a firearm; possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; and mischief under $5,000 - damage to property.

Wentzell appeared in Bridgewater Provincial Court on November 12 and was released on conditions. Police expect to lay further charges against other individuals who were involved.

The investigation is ongoing.

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