Nanaimo Mounties arrested a man following complaints of shots fired on the weekend.
Police responded the Frew Road area of Cedar shortly after 10 p.m. Friday when they received multiple complaints from residents about shots being fired in the area. One resident even said he could hear the sound of a shotgun's action being cycled.
Officers and a police dog team searched the area and found a shotgun shell casing. Police soon came upon a man they suspected of being involved with the shooting who ran off after ignoring repeated commands from the officers.
A police dog and handler tracked and caught the suspect a short distance away. When police searched the suspect they found he had a knife and pepper spray.
The suspect was bitten on the arm by the police dog during the arrest and was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for treatment before he was released into police custody. During a search of the area police also found a 12-gauge shotgun and spent shell casings in the area plus an axe, which police believe was in the suspect's possession when the suspect – a 22 year old Nanaimo man – was confronted by the officers.
Police are continuing their investigation in to the incident.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.