Hey guys Mako here. If any of you disagree with what is happening to Brian Knight, please send your comments to:
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach - http://www.premier.alberta.ca/contact/index.cfm
Edmonton Journal - firstname.lastname@example.org
Edmonton Sun - email@example.com
Please help Brian Knight, this guy was defending his property from a thief and is being charged. I have sent messages to my government officials saying this is wrong.
Premier 'feels for' farmer accused of shooting fleeing thief
Last Updated: Friday, April 3, 2009 | 7:01 PM MT
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach says he feels some sympathy for a farmer charged with shooting a man who allegedly stole an all-terrain vehicle from his farm.
Brian Knight, 38, who lives on a rural property in Tees, northeast of Red Deer, was charged with seven offences, including assault, criminal negligence causing bodily harm and discharging a firearm after chasing three men who were on his property on March 26.
'I feel for the landowner … but there's a system in place.'— Premier Ed Stelmach
According to Bashaw RCMP, one of the men sped off in Knight's quad. He drove after the man on the all-terrain vehicle, rammed his car into it, then pulled out a shotgun and fired two rounds at the fleeing man, who was struck but kept on running, police say.
Knight then called friends and relatives to help him with his search, police said. The wounded man was intercepted, briefly escaped in a stolen truck, but ultimately lost control of the vehicle and was caught a second time.
"I wouldn't mind making more comments, but it's now before the courts, and I think charges will be laid for those that tried to … steal some property. But I feel for the landowner, the frustration, but there's a system in place," said Stelmach on Friday.
The premier, who runs his family's farm in Andrew, pointed out that property crimes in Alberta are actually down, but that is probably little consolation to a victim of crime.
A trust fund has been set up to help Knight with his legal fees.