Man threatening RCMP with handgun arrested near 6 Mile Rd exit on TCH

In what West Shore RCMP say was a high risk situation, they arrested a man with a handgun Saturday night after a short pursuit and foot chase.

About 9:20 p.m. an officer witnessed a grey ford pick-up truck failed to stop at the red light on Jacklin Rd and Station Ave in Langford,and attempted to stop the driver. Instead, the driver took off at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of oncoming traffic.

Minutes later, RCMP received a complaint of the same truck dangerously parked on the shoulder of Trans Canada Highway at the Six Mile Rd off ramp. As an officer approached the lone male occupant of the truck, got out and started running southbound on the highway.

As the officer chased the suspect on foot, he saw the suspect pull out a black handgun from his waist band. As backup arrived the suspect stopped and confronted officers. After a physical altercation, the suspect was taken into custody.

Cnst.Nancy Saggar says no shots were fired by either police or the suspect. The handgun was also recovered. She adds RCMP are thankful their officers were not injured.

The suspect was arrested for several offences, including: Flight from Police, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and Obstructing a Police Officer.

He was remanded in custody and is set to appear in court Tuesday, June 4th.

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