An armed RCMP officer points his weapon at a suspect’s vehicle during a dramatic arrest on the Peace River bridge on August 26.

Susan Thompson

A dramatic police takedown of an allegedly armed suspect on the Peace River bridge temporarily stopped Highway 2 traffic on August 26.

Peace Regional RCMP responded to a report of an early afternoon altercation in the south-end of Peace River. The altercation involved several people and a firearm was alleged to have been displayed before the suspects were reported to have fled in a vehicle.

Police stopped the vehicle and arrested 31-year-old Mukhtar Ali of Nampa while concerned citizens looked on. Ali was charged with two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, two counts of possessing a firearm contrary to a prohibition order, two counts of resisting a peace officer and three counts of failing to comply with conditions of a recognizance. He is still in custody and is set to appear in Falher provincial court on September 5.

Ali was already set to appear in court on August 26 after being charged in connection with an armed robbery at the Big Country Inn Liquor Store in Nampa on July 13. Ali had been charged with one count of possession of property under $5000 obtained by crime, but had been released from custody.

Joshua William Northcott of Peace River had also been charged with robbery with a firearm after an investigation into that incident by the Peace River General Investigation Section and Forensic Identification Section and the Peace Regional RCMP.

RCMP are asking anyone with information related to altercation on August 26 to contact the Peace Regional RCMP detachment at 780-624-6677. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).