Lethbridge police arrested and charged a 36-year-old Airdrie man after responding to an alleged assault on Friday morning last week.

According to police, just after 7 a.m. on June 2, police responded to a report of an assault with the victim reporting that he was confronted by a male who attacked him with a baton.

"The subject was described as wearing a military-style vest and in possession of a handgun. He fled the scene prior to police arrival but was located a short time later and ran into Henderson Lake where he proceeded to dispose of items in his possession," a police release stated.

Andrew Albert Watson was taken into custody and members of the Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services Dive Team were called out and recovered a pellet gun from the water. In a search of the subject incidental to the arrest, police also seized ammunition and suspected fentanyl.

Watson was charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, resisting a peace officer, failure to comply with a release order and two counts of possession of a prohibited firearm. Watson was remanded to appear in court earlier this week on Monday. 

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