A 24-year-veteran of the RCMP has been suspended from duty and faces a charge of careless use of a firearm, after Langley Mounties responded to a call of shots fired at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
Const. Michael Roe, 46, was arrested without incident outside his Langley home on Wednesday night and his duty pistol was seized. He was held overnight and was scheduled to appear in Surrey provincial court on Thursday.
Roe, who is currently posted to the federal drug enforcement branch, was off duty when an undisclosed number of shots were fired from his duty pistol into the wall of his residence.
The police officer’s wife and children were home at the time, but nobody was injured in the incident.
Langley RCMP held a press conference on Thursday afternoon to announce the charge against Roe, but Insp. Amrik Virk stressed that with the investigation just 18 hours old at the time, “there is a great deal of investigation yet to be done.”
He would not confirm how many shots had been fired, but said it was “more than one.”
Asked whether the incident was deliberate or accidental, Virk replied that he could not answer the question, but pointed once again to the charge of careless use of a firearm.
In addition to the charge, a code of conduct has been ordered.
Virk said the RCMP must be held to a high degree of accountability and this officer “will be held to a high standard.”
“The commanding officer has been briefed on this matter and has been clear that he requires all of the information available . . . so that he can make an informed decision in regard to the member’s pay,” reads a release issued by Langley RCMP.