Shots Heard Elicits Large Police Response
On September 23, just before 11m, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received more than one report of a disturbance in the area of the 6000 block of Rimer Rd, Vernon BC. Police responded to the area with a number of resources after learning that a male suspect had produced an alleged firearm and the sounds of gunfire could be heard.
Frontline officers established containment in the area and could be seen with their weapons drawn. As officers worked to clarify who was involved and whether a firearm was present, the area was locked down and potential suspects were taken into custody. Officers confirmed two males and one female were involved in a family dispute and an imitation firearm was allegedly produced and fired during the incident.
Calls of this nature will generate a large police presence and we recognize that can be alarming for the neighbourhood to see, says RCMP Constable Kelly Brett.
We would like to thank the residents in the area at the time for your patience and cooperation as officers worked to ensure your safety.
Through further investigation, frontline officers seized, from a residence, numerous imitation firearms and 9mm magazines with ammunition.
The mishandling of imitation firearms can lead to serious Criminal Code offences and will result in a considerable police response, says Superintendent Shawna Baher with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.
Our police officers will treat every firearm as real until they can prove they are not.
A 24-year-old, Vernon man, is scheduled to attend court in November and is facing possible charges of possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose. The male and female, also involved, were released from police custody with no charge.