Penticton Vehicle Stop Leads to Arrest and Loaded Gun Found

Penticton, BC – At noon on June 21st, 2017, Penticton RCMP stopped a pickup truck on King Street and the driver fled on foot. A loaded sawed-off shotgun was found in the vehicle and the male was chased down and apprehended a few blocks away.

Police were alerted to the vehicle because it had the wrong plates on it and then recognized the 33 year old male driver who was prohibited from driving. He was initially cooperative and stopped for the officer, but suddenly fled on foot. He was chased by attending officers and the area was blocked off. The male was safely arrested a short distance away on Municipal Avenue.

During the search of the vehicle, a loaded sawed-off shotgun was located on the front passenger seat.

“This was a routine situation of a traffic violation that quickly turned into a much bigger incident with the potential for serious danger to the public and officers responding.”  said Targeted Enforcement Unit commander Cpl. Scott Vanevery,

Our Police Officers face these unknown dangers every day, thankfully everyone was safe and the offender is in custody.

The male remains in custody and is to appear in Penticton Provincial Court on Thursday afternoon on a number of charges.

Police File # 2017-9053

Penticton RCMP

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