The RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team responded to support Chase RCMP on Friday with the high risk arrest of a man in its jurisdiction, wanted province-wide on several outstanding firearms related warrants for his arrest.
On Sept. 18, a short time before 11:30 a.m., Chase RCMP and tactical members of the Southeast District Emergency Response Team descended on an Adams Lake area property to locate and arrest, wanted man, Michael Luttman who police believed to be evading capture by hiding in the surrounding rural areas of Chase.
A front line officer aboard a RCMP Air Services helicopter provided oversight for the operation, which was considered high risk in nature due to Luttman’s history, said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the RCMP Southeast District.
RCMP attempted to conduct a traffic stop with a pickup truck being driven off the rural property by Michael Luttman, who allegedly failed to stop for police and attempted to flee, resulting in a collision with an ERT vehicle on Holding Road. The impact of that collision caused the suspects’ vehicle to roll over back onto its wheels onto the highway.
Emergency Response Team members further engaged the occupants of the pickup truck, which first led to the immediate apprehension of an adult female passenger. The woman was transported to a secondary location to be medically assessed by BC Emergency Health Services who transported her to hospital for further medical treatment. The woman’s injuries, sustained as a result of the collision, are believed to be non-life threatening in nature.
The driver of the pickup truck failed to comply with police commands following the collision. Shortly before 12:15 p.m. he was safely taken into police custody and his identity was confirmed as the wanted individual police were searching for. Michael Luttman also sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash and was transported by BC EHS to hospital.
Following Luttman’s arrest police located a handgun inside the damaged pickup truck. Officers also recovered several high powered firearms and countless rounds of ammunition that were ejected during the crash.
A member of the Southeast District Emergency Response Team was transported to hospital as a precaution and was later released.
A collision analyst with the Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist Services (ICARS) and forensic specialist with the Integrated Forensic Identification Services attended to examine the scene as they assist with the ongoing investigation.
If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221.