Man faces 14 charges following incident at MUN

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RCMP investigating RNC officer’s use of firearm

A St. John’s man is facing 14 charges following an incident Tuesday night in which one police officer was injured and another fired a bullet at the suspect as he fled in an SUV.

Justin Chipman, 26, of St. John’s, appeared in provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday afternoon facing a variety of charges in relation to Tuesday night’s incident on the parking lot of the Memorial University Field House.

Justin Michael Chipman, 26, appeared in Provincial Court in

St. John’s late Wednesday afternoon. He is accused of assaulting four police officers with a vehicle, resulting in four counts of assaulting a peace officer and four more of assault with a weapon. Police also charged Chipman with two counts of theft under $5,000, one count of theft exceeding $5,000 in relation to a motor vehicle, property damage, dangerous driving and breach of a probation order.

Prosecutor Jason House told Judge Pamela Goulding the Crown opposed Chipman’s release. The accus­ed will be back in court this afternoon for a potential bail hearing.

Duty counsel lawyer Jane Fitzpatrick requested that video equipment be made available this afternoon, as police told her there is video footage from Tuesday night’s events.

Plainclothes Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers were doing surveillance work Tuesday night at Memorial University’s Field House parking lot when they spotted someone breaking into a vehicle. An attempt was made to arrest the suspect, but the person managed to get in an SUV and escape.

One of the officers sustained a minor injury as the suspect fled the scene in the vehicle.

RNC Chief Robert Johnston told reporters Tuesday night that one of the officers felt threatened and fired a shot. The RCMP has been tasked with investigating the RNC officer’s use of the firearm.

The SUV was discovered on Keane Place engulfed in flames. The accused was later arrested in the area of Rotary Drive. According to a court document, that is the street Chipman lives on.

The accused has an extensive criminal record, having been convicted on more than 60 charges relating to incidents covering a six-year period from 2006 to 2012.

In April 2012, Chipman was sentenced to 14 months in prison on more than two dozen charges, including fraud, theft, uttering threats, possessing property obtained by crime and dangerous driving. He had several prior convictions for theft.

Prior to Wednesday, Chipman was facing charges in relation to two separate incidents. He is accused of possessing property obtained by crime in relation to a Jan. 21 incident and was jointly charged with Aleshia Dawn O’Regan, 21, for allegedly stealing goods from a Dominion grocery store in Conception Bay South on Jan. 22.

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Organizations: RCMP, Jason House, Field House

Geographic location: Keane Place, Conception Bay South

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Recent comments

  • Wild Rose
    February 20, 2014 - 13:54

    If We the People had the right to carry arms, we could put an end to this crime pretty fast.

    • m
      February 20, 2014 - 17:34

      It is statements like yours which make me glad that we don't have the right to carry arms. If you wish that right, then, move to a country which allows it.

  • Duffy
    February 20, 2014 - 13:06

    The RNC Officer who fired the shot should be disciplined and sent back for re-training. Not for firing the shot but for missing.

    • yo mama
      February 21, 2014 - 15:47

      Your first sentence had me just about blow my lid....then the second was like "ahhhhh"..preach on Duffy, preach on.

  • Bob
    February 20, 2014 - 12:30 seem to know everything and have all the answers so please tell us how you would deal with such a "gentleman" like the career criminal in question?

  • Jack
    February 20, 2014 - 11:45

    These repeat offenders should not be just let hang out down in the pen getting 3 square meals while the rest of us hard working individuals who pay Hugh taxes pay for it. They should put them to work like the old " chain gangs" put them on the east coast trail and make them cut the trails and keep them up! Put them cutting brush on sides of the roads and picking up garbage on high ways. Put a tracking device on them and a few guards supervising them. Little hard labour may fix them up and at least us tax payers get sum thing back for our province and community instead of housing these thugs in the Hotel By Da Lake!

    • yo mama
      February 20, 2014 - 13:26

      Great idea, I'm sure most inmates would be more than happy to do so, beats staring at concrete and steel and day.

  • Bob
    February 20, 2014 - 11:32

    I agree with Brad.I'm not really sure what Donald is alluding to? Can you fill us in sir? I think Donald believes that all criminals need is a hug, a pat on the head and be sent on their merry way. These deviants need harsh punishment sir,harsh punishment.

    • Donald
      February 20, 2014 - 11:40

      Simple answers for simple minds.

  • Kevin
    February 20, 2014 - 11:19

    This guy is a picture child for a career criminal. He should find a new career because he isn't a very good criminal. He keeps getting caught. Trouble maker at best.

  • Thomas
    February 20, 2014 - 10:21

    What is most concerning to me is that this fellow almost got his head blown off for possibly an ashtray full of parking meter change.

    • Donald
      February 20, 2014 - 10:56

      There are a bunch here who would have no problem with that. I guess if it were their son, they'd be fine with it too.

    • Informed Opinion
      February 20, 2014 - 11:46

      It's not just an ashtray full of parking meter change. Do you think the RNC would set up a sting operation for that? Haven't you been listening to the news? Students are losing their laptops and personal belongings. Do you think they have enough money to keep buying these things because some idiot thinks he has the right to take things from others because he can't go out and get a job?? Check out this guy's history. I think you need to check and see the other things he has been in court for. These things always start out small (stealing an ashtray full of change) and goes on to armed robberies, home invasions, etc. If he was a son of mine, I would kick his butt!!! Maybe someday he is going to kill someone's son, then what????? That's why the police are putting their own lives in jeopardy to stop thugs like this and protect all of us from them. Ughhh.....

    • Brad
      February 20, 2014 - 13:49

      Donald: Hopefully that gives incentive to their sons or daughters know...not commit crime?

  • rworried
    February 20, 2014 - 09:51

    I blame the lawyers and judges. They're making a fortune off these low lives. Why would you keep letting them out of jail to do the same thing over and over again, oh I know why.. because he's a good little earner.

  • Bob
    February 20, 2014 - 09:06

    Another upstanding member of the "skeet brigade." Lifetime losers who are only burdens on the rest of society.They all look and act the same and we are all better off having these losers locked up permanently.

    • Donald
      February 20, 2014 - 10:06

      I'll go out on a limb here and guess neither you nor Calvin didn't major in criminology.... or social sciences, or economics, or law, or history.... I guess for some having an opinion is preferable to having an informed opinion.

    • Informed Opinion
      February 20, 2014 - 10:26

      Well Donald, you don't need any kind of degree to have an opinion about someone who has pages and pages of criminal charges against them. They are taking from everyone. If he broke into your home or car and took away your sense of security and stole things that you worked hard to get, would you sit down and say, "hmmm, what is my informed opinion about this?" NOT!!!!!!!

    • Brad
      February 20, 2014 - 10:54

      I'm gonna go on a limb myself and say you're a bleeding heart. People like you are part of the problem, not the solution

    • Donald
      February 20, 2014 - 11:37

      Yes Bob, I'm a bleeding heart, if by that you mean that I don't jump up and join the lynch mob and scream for blood. If by that you mean that I consider that there are more effective ways in dealing with crime, if by that you mean that I am able to consider that there are more than one facet to any given issue, if by that you mean I reject neo-fascist knee-jerk laws that will exasperate that problem and that have been proven useless, then hell, yeah, I'm a bleeding heart. Nothing wrong with that.

    • yo mama
      February 20, 2014 - 13:22

      I totally agree with Donald, "there are more effective ways in dealing with crime"'re absolutely right mate, first we need to adapt laws of civilized countries like Singapore, who on this guys very first offense, would have split his ass open 8 to 10 times with a Rattan. Therefore pretty much guaranteeing he didn't commit a second....

  • Calvin
    February 20, 2014 - 07:00

    Canada needs to instate the 3 strikes rule. This chump is never going to contribute anything to society besides criminal activity. All the same, it is a mortal shame that tax payers hard earned money will be used to house and feed him for most of his life.

    • sparky
      February 20, 2014 - 08:08

      Calvin : You have 'my vote' forsure!, but our courts see things a lot differently. This goof will show-up with [our lawyer] & tell the courts that he is addicted to something, not work! mind you. He`ll be back at it in no time.