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Police seize loaded gun during arrest

Nanaimo Mounties seized a loaded handgun and arrested a man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant when they stopped a car in the Brooks Landing shopping centre parking lot Friday.

The arrest and seizure happened at about 1 p.m. after general duty RCMP members saw a man behind the wheel who they knew was involved in property crime.

They also spotted Benjamin Paul Schooner, 21, wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for parole violations since Jan. 18, sitting in the back seat.

Police arrested Schooner, searched the car and found a loaded handgun in the trunk.

A search of police computer files revealed the weapon was reported lost in Vancouver in 2007.

The driver of the car was not arrested.

Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said in a press release Friday, that no charges with respect to the handgun seizure were being considered at the time, but police were still investigating.

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