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Man sentenced for shots fired incident in Cluculz Lake

Shawn Joseph Chipman issued two-year firearms prohibition

A man has been sentenced in connection with a shots fired incident in Cluculz Lake on New Years Day.

Shawn Joseph Chipman, 45, was sentenced Friday in Prince George provincial court to a nine-month conditional sentence order followed by nine months probation and issued a two-year firearms prohibition for careless use or storage of a firearm and uttering threats.

Chipman was arrested after RCMP were called at about 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 to a property in the 5700 block of Meier Road West in the community about 60 kilometres west of Prince George.

Because a firearm was involved, the North District RCMP emergency response team was also called to the scene. Vanderhoof RCMP set up a perimeter around the property while waiting for the team to arrive.

Police have said it appeared the trouble began when an argument among several people escalated into a physical fight that, in turn, led to multiple shots fired.

Chipman, who was in custody for three days following the arrest, was also assessed $200 in victim surcharges.