Suspects face multiple charges after shots fired, prompting shelter-in-place order

A weeks-long crime spree that included residents north of Calgary being ordered to shelter in place has led to charges of attempted murder and numerous break-ins at golf courses.

Last Friday, Mounties instructed residents of Mountain View County between Township Road 302 and Highway 80, and between Range Road 15 and Range Road 20, to shelter in place while Didsbury RCMP officers tracked two suspects west of Carstairs who were believed to be armed.

On Monday, RCMP said that order, which lasted for more than an hour, was sparked when shots were fired at a business representative who had responded to a security system alert at the Silver Willow Farm Sporting Club in Mountain View County.

When he arrived, he saw two suspects jumping into a Volkswagen hatchback and attempting to flee, say Mounties.

“However, the VW became stuck and the male suspect exited the vehicle with a long-barrelled firearm, pointed it at the complainant and proceeded to run toward the complainant’s vehicle,” Didsbury RCMP said in a news release.

“The male suspect then shot at the complainant, who was still in his vehicle, striking the vehicle.”

The complainant escaped injury.

Police, using canine units, then began pursuing the suspects who had fled on foot.

Area residents were told to stay indoors, an order that was rescinded later that morning after two suspects, a man and a woman from Calgary, were arrested.

Charged with attempted murder, multiple firearms offences and using a disguise to commit an indictable offence is Kyle Nechiporenko, 37. Soliel Wenas, 20, is charged with possession of a firearm without a licence and failing to comply with conditions.

Police executed a warrant at a home in northwest Calgary where they seized stolen items including motorbikes, tools, cash, golf accessories, laptops, safes, firearms, IDs and counterfeiting equipment.

Stolen weapons seized during a search warrant at a northwest Calgary residence
Stolen weapons seized during a search warrant at a northwest Calgary residence are linked to multiple break and enters at golf courses and other businesses in several counties surrounding Calgary. Three people have been charged with multiple offences, including attempted murder. Monday, February 12, 2024.Photo supplied by Alberta RCMP

It’s believed Wenas and Nechiporenko are responsible for break-ins at 10 Calgary area golf courses and the Water Valley Saloon — crimes that began in late January.

They’re charged with various break-and-enters and possession of stolen property.

A second female suspect who can’t be named is charged with break-and-enter and possession of stolen property, and will make her next court appearance on March 12.

Nechiporenko and Wenas had both been remanded in custody and appeared in court in Didsbury on Monday.

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