Police Service Dog Jango located a discarded firearm after police conduct an arrest

Kelowna, BC – A man has been arrested and a firearm recovered thanks to the assistance of Police Service Dog Jango.

On April 8, 2022 at 4:43 p.m., frontline officers from the Kelowna RCMP attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect allegedly fled on foot. Officers engaged in a foot pursuit and subsequently arrested the suspect a few blocks away.

Evidence suggested that the suspect, who was known to carry firearms, may have dropped a firearm nearby. Police Service Dog Jango was deployed and a search of the 1100-block of Sutherland Avenue resulted in locating a loaded 9 mm handgun in a backyard of a property and a few feet from an unlocked gate.

Police Service Dog Jango
Police Service Dog Jango

Officers later learned, the property on which the firearm recovered is frequented by young children and near a mall, a busy location for families.

The 39 year-old Kelowna resident’s first court appearance will be on May 5, 2022 where he may face numerous charges under the Criminal Code, which could include;

1 count of Possession of a Firearm

1 count of Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized

1 count of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm

1 count of Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm

1 count of Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose

1 count of Obstruct Peace Officer

The highly trained Police Service Dog, Jango was instrumental in removing a gun from the streets of Kelowna and potentially keeping an innocent child from finding it, states Cst. Mike DELLA-PAOLERA, Media Relations Officer for the Kelowna Regional RCMP.

File # 2022-20262

Kelowna RCMP

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