Violent multi-jurisdictional Prolific offender arrested

Nanaimo, North Cowichan\Duncan

2019-08-14 15:45 PDT

File # 2019-31621

Police Services Dog Jager

With the assistance of the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team (ERT), a violent prolific multi-jurisdictional offender was arrested on Monday August 12th and remains in police custody. 44-year-old John Wesley Shaw of North Cowichan has been charged with numerous property and weapons offences. Arrested along with Shaw were sisters, 35-year-old Brandie Poirier and 40-year-old Angela Poirier, who are both of no fixed address.

On Saturday August 10th the Nanaimo RCMP were alerted by North Cowichan RCMP that officers had attempted to arrest Shaw, however he managed to escape and fled from police in a stolen motor vehicle. It was also reported that Shaw was believed to be in the Nanaimo area. Due to Shaw's extensive history of violence and documented incidents of dangerous driving, numerous officers, including ERT, RCMP Air Services and Police Dog Services were mobilized.  In previous situations involving Shaw, he blatantly refused to stop for marked police vehicles and showed a total disregard for the safety of the public. For those reasons, the extras resources were brought in to effectively manage this potentially dangerous situation,  said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The search for Shaw ended at approximately 6 am on Monday August 12th when officers located him and two females, in a vehicle parked along a rural road in north Nanaimo. Shaw attempted to flee from police and in doing so received several dog bites from PSD Jager. The two adult females were taken into custody without incident. The vehicle in question, a Ford F150, was confirmed stolen from Langford on July 21st. It was subsequently seized and later searched for evidence. Following his arrest, Shaw was taken to local hospital where he was treated for several dog bites, then transported to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment. The two females were arrested and also taken to the local detachment and lodged into police custody.

A search of the vehicle turned up a number of items, most notable being night vision goggles, an extendable baton and a semi-automatic rifle, with ammunition nearby. Also located was a small quantity of illegal drugs, numerous cell phones and various other stolen items.

All three appeared in Nanaimo Provincial court on Wednesday August 14th. Ten charges were laid against Shaw which include Possession of Stolen Property x 4, Possession of a Controlled Substance x 2 under the CDSA, 1 count of occupying a motor vehicle while knowing it contained a firearm and three charges under the MVA. Angela Poirier was remanded on 6 charges, which consisted of Possession of Stolen Property x 3, Possessing a Controlled Substance x 2, and one firearm related charge. Brandi Poirier was released from custody and is expected to appear in Nanaimo Provincial court on September 24th on 7 charges: Possession of Stolen property x 4, one firearm related charge and Possess a Controlled Substance x 2 under the CDSA.

Released by

Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-3257
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238


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