Replica firearm leads to vehicle take down, one arrested

Nanaimo, BC – A 17-year-old male has been arrested and is in police custody after initially being seen in a motor vehicle with what was reported to be a hand gun.

The situation unfolded just before 1 pm on Friday January 19, 2018 when a 911 call alerted the Nanaimo RCMP to a vehicle travelling south bound on 19a with 4 occupants and one holding a firearm. The vehicle was soon located and stopped on Macdonald Crescent, near Townsite Road. Officers using their training for unknown risks, removed the occupants individually at gun point then took each person into custody. The vehicle was then searched and found on the front passenger seat was the pellet gun which resembled a handgun. The pellet gun, which was seized for public safety was not loaded.

The 17-year-old male found to be in possession of the pellet gun was arrested on several outstanding warrants for Failing To Appear in Provincial court, and for Possession of a Replica Firearm while in a Motor Vehicle.
Additionally, the same youth was also missing from the group home where he resides. The three other persons in the motor vehicle were released and sent on their way.

“Our officers from time to time, are confronted with similar situations and respond accordingly based on the information they are presented with. There are many unknown factors and concerns when approaching a vehicle with a firearm. Thankfully this situation was resolved without incident,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

File # 2018-2141

Nanaimo RCMP

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