Pellet gun in vehicle triggers police take-down

Nanaimo RCMP had guns drawn as they stopped a car they suspected contained a suspect with a weapon

Police in Nanaimo had guns drawn when they stopped a vehicle last week.

The incident happened Friday afternoon after a motorist reported seeing a passenger holding what appeared to be a handgun in a car travelling southbound on the Island Highway near the Norwell Drive intersection.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said police located the car and stopped it on McDonald Crescent, near Waddington and Townsite roads.

“Because of the possibility of a firearm in the car, we conducted a high-risk vehicle stop,” O’Brien said. “There was four people in the car. All four were removed and detained and then the vehicle was searched and what we found on the front seat was a replica pellet gun.”

One 17-year-old boy was arrested for possession of a replica firearm while travelling in a motor vehicle. O’Brien said he was also arrested on outstanding warrants for failing to appear in provincial court in Nanaimo and he had also been reported missing from his group home for more than a month.

The other three people in the car – all adults – were all released unconditionally without charges.

“If you’re going to have a pellet gun in a car, make sure it’s secure, out of sight, out of mind, preferably in the trunk,” O’Brien said. “Our officers had no idea of the risk that they were being faced with. They were working under the assumption that this was a real firearm and that’s exactly how they handled the situation.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Redliners park their rides for charity car show in Nanaimo

The Redliners Charity Car Show continues until 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Country Club Centre

Florist announces bid for Nanaimo city council

Jim Turley, former owner of Turley’s Florist, intends to run in fall election

Development permit approved for condo project near Millstone River

Six-storey building planned for Barsby Avenue

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

St. Andrew’s United Church celebrates 125th anniversary

Church on Fitzwilliam Street in Nanaimo to hold event July 18 to recognize milestone

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Motorcyclist dies as fire, crash happen at the same time on Nanaimo Parkway

Young male motorcycle rider collides with one vehicle, then struck by another

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

Driver angry after accident at north Nanaimo intersection

One patient taken to hospital after crash Friday at Enterprise Way and the old Island Highway

VIDEO: Silly Boat sailors serious about trying to win regatta

Soggy Bottoms 4Kids, a Protection Island Lions Club entry, hope to take Nanaimo Silly Boat title

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Most Read