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Who is Matthew Fowler? The shooting suspect had a new father, but he had criminal ties

When Matthew Fowler stands before a judge to answer at least two shooting charges at Conception Bay South, it won’t be the first time he’s in a courtroom.

CBC News has learned that the 31-year-old is currently facing three charges of drug trafficking in provincial court in Clarenville. He is accused of selling hydromorphone, cocaine and methamphetamine in May of 2021.

A look at his Facebook page shows a man who has been proud to become a father in recent months. He rides a motorcycle, and enjoys fishing. But a look at his list of criminal convictions reveals that Fowler did part with the law prior to his most recent charges.

He was convicted of seven violations of court orders and one for failing to appear in court. All eight offenses are from 2011 and 2012.

According to records reviewed by CBC News, Fowler was never convicted of a violent crime.

He is now accused of shooting at least two people in Conception Bay South on Thursday. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says it is also investigating a possible third shooting, but it was not clear whether a third person was injured.

Two men are in hospital, at least one is in critical condition.

A black SUV stopped near a heavily damaged vehicle, which is parked sideways against a pickup truck on a rural road.
This was the scene where Matthew Fowler’s alleged flight from the police ended. According to witnesses, he was removed from the palanquin, searched and taken into custody. (Ryan Cook/CBC)

Fowler’s latest charges are expected to be announced on Friday, when he makes his first appearance in provincial court in St.

In addition to the shootings, Fowler could also face charges of running away from the police. Eyewitnesses say they saw him speeding up the St. Thomas Line to Heaven in a heated chase with police just before 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

An officer punctured the tires of a Hyundai Elantra that Fowler was driving and installed a spike strip. He then came in contact with a pair of vehicles, due to which he collided.

Witnesses told CBC News they witnessed the accident, and police took Fowler out of the vehicle and detained him.

First emergency alert issued by RNC

About 45 minutes before the search operation, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary used the province’s emergency alert system on northeast Avalon to ping cell phones and alert them of the shooter.

“Active Criminal Threat – Massively Armed Men After Three Shootings in CBS City,” the alert read. “The RNC is providing shelter-in-place advice to the community.”

This was the first time the RNC had used an alert system to alert the public about the active situation. The move was met with thanks mostly by members of the public, including those who said it kept them out of harm’s way as the chase unfolded.

Pat Rodgers, a resident of the area, wrote on Twitter: “Suspect man chased our house at 100km/h (and) sounding sirens.” “The alert made me lock my doors and have to stay inside with my two grandchildren.”

An emergency alert from the RNC reads Active Criminal Threat - Massively Armed Men after three shootings in CBS's Town.  The suspect, Matthew Jeremy Fowler, 31, is said to be 6 feet and 5 inches tall with tattoos around the neck, 200 pounds.  FOWLER has black hair and brown eyes.  FOWLER is believed to be traveling in a black Subaru Legacy JFH 710.  The NC is advising the community to be in place (be it at your residence, work or home), with the entrance secure, while the police search for the suspect.  Updates will be provided through RNC social media platforms and local media.
An emergency alert from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, dispatched at 1:39 pm on Thursday. (Matt McCann / CBC)

“That alert changed our plans and kept us indoors,” wrote Moiraine Blue, another nearby resident. “We must have traveled through the exact same area we were told to stay away from. It kept us out of danger and out of the way of responding officers. Very good call, RNC.”

The Emergency Services Division of the Department of Justice and Public Safety oversees the alert system. It’s part of a nationwide Alert Ready system, which can hit cell phones in a specific area with push notifications and a loud alarm.

It has been used by many police forces across Canada in situations where public safety was an urgent concern, but is perhaps best known for a time when it was not used – Canada’s headquarters in Portapique, NS. during the worst mass shooting

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