RCMP Officer Faces Firearm Charges

On April 23, 2015, the Director of Law Enforcement directed the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) to commence an investigation into serious and sensitive allegations in relation to a police officer and member of the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP detachment.

On that same date, search warrants were executed at the police officer’s home. As a result of those searches, Cst. Stephen Hudson was arrested and charged with a number of firearm-related offences.

Cst. Hudson has been charged with the unlawful possession of a Bushmaster .223 calibre assault rifle, a restricted weapon, and the careless storage of that assault rifle. He has also been charged with the unlawful possession of a .22 calibre rifle and its careless storage. With respect to Cst. Hudson’s RCMP 9mm service pistol, he has been charged with the unlawful transfer of that firearm and its improper storage.

Cst. Hudson was also charged with possession of an unlicensed restricted firearm together with readily accessible ammunition. Lastly, as a result of the seizure of several illegal cartridge magazines, Cst. Hudson has been charged with possession of a prohibited device.

Cst. Hudson was brought before a Justice of the Peace and released on his own recognizance with conditions.

The investigation continues and the above noted offences are now before the Court. As such, ASIRT will not comment further on either the ongoing investigation or charges at this time.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct pursuant to s. 46.1 of the Police Act.