The man at the centre of a daytime shootout in downtown Saskatoon has apologized for his actions.“I know that what I did was wrong,” Mike Andrew Arcand told a judge at Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench on Wednesday during his sentencing hearing. “I apologize to the city, I apologize to the police officers, I apologize to this court.”Earlier this year, Arcand was found guilty of assault with a weapon, discharging a firearm at a person with the intent to injure them, intentionally discharging a firearm while being reckless to the life or safety of another person, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and using a firearm while committing an indictable offence.The charges stem from an incident on the afternoon of Sept. 27, 2017, when police responded to a report of a man breaking into a car in a parking lot near the SIIT campus downtown.When police arrived they saw Arcand pacing around and holding a homemade gun constructed from two pipes. Police officers fired rounds from a beanbag gun and used their Tasers. Arcand, who had recently used cocaine and methamphetamine, fired his homemade gun in the direction of an officer. He eventually tried to run away and was arrested.
Saskatoon police at the scene after a downtown shootout on Sept. 27, 2017.
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Under the Kienapple principle, a person can’t be convicted of multiple, similar offences arising from the same facts. Therefore only two of Arcand’s offences were before the court for sentencing: Discharging a firearm at a person with the intent to injure them and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.The Crown argued for a prison sentence of nine to 10 years. The defence argued for a term of six to seven years.Justice Jeff Kalmakoff is expected to issue his decision May 24.Crown Prosecutor Todd Wellsch said a sentence of nine to 10 years is appropriate because of Arcand’s past criminal record, the number of people who were put at risk by his actions, and the fact that a police officer was the intended victim.Defence lawyer Brent Little said Arcand has never had any proper family support and did not have a history of violence until the 2017 incident. He said Arcand’s hand was injured in the shootout and some people in prison took advantage of that, leading him to become involved with the Indian Posse gang for protection.In a written victim impact statement filed with the court, Sgt. Grant Linklater, the officer who was narrowly missed by the shot from Arcand’s homemade gun, said the incident has had an “emotional and psychological impact” on him.“The fact that I was not shot or killed was in fact a miracle. The result would have left my family devastated,” he wrote.“We were left to tell family and friends what happened and hear their emotions about how close it all was. I have had to shield my family from the knowledge of thinking about losing their husband, father and brother.”firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter.com/MsAndreaHillRelated