Fort McMurray man arrested for firearms offences

Fort McMurray… Various firearms and more than 1,200 rounds of ammunition have been seized by ALERT following a firearms investigation.

ALERT Fort McMurray’s organized crime team was made aware of a firearm registered to a Fort McMurray man allegedly used in a kidnapping that took place in British Columbia in April 2023.

ALERT began investigating Jesse Matieschyn, 39 years old, which led to a search warrant at his Eagle Ridge apartment. The following items were seized as part of the investigation:

  • Three handguns;
  • Bolt action rifle;
  • Semi-automatic rifle;
  • Shotgun; and
  • 1,200 rounds of various ammunition.

“This appears to be the case of a firearm finding its way into the criminal market, and any firearms investigation needs to be looked at thoroughly. If we see that one firearm has made its way into the community, it begs the question of how many more, what other crimes could they be used in, and that is something we take very seriously,” said Staff Sgt. Mark Wait, ALERT Fort McMurray.

ALERT does not believe Matieschyn was directly involved in the kidnapping, but began investigating him for suspected firearms offences. Four firearms registered to Matieschyn remain unaccounted for.

Police also seized an expired Possession and Acquisition License (PAL), various gun cases and magazines.

Matieschyn is facing five counts of failing to report a lost or stolen restricted firearm. He has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on October 11, 2023.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.