RCMP officers in Nanaimo responded with guns drawn Saturday after receiving a report of a firearm, though the weapon turned out to be a pellet gun. (Photo submitted)

Uzi-style pellet gun draws response, creates concern for Nanaimo RCMP

Two people arrested, released without charges Saturday

RCMP officers in Nanaimo responded with guns drawn after receiving a report of a firearm, though the weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.

Police were called to Mountain Vista Drive on Saturday, May 9, at about 9:30 a.m. after someone reported seeing two adults with a firearm, noted an RCMP press release.

“With limited information available, the incident was treated as high risk. The officers approached the scene with their service pistols drawn,” the release noted.

A man and a woman, both 48, were arrested without incident and a search of their vehicle resulted in the seizure of an “Uzi-style” pellet gun.

RCMP say the people arrested were “co-operative and apologetic” and will not face charges, though the pellet gun will be destroyed.

“If these individuals had been holding the Uzi pellet gun as the officers approached, it would have been virtually impossible for the officers to discern if it was a real firearm or not. With that in mind, this situation could have ended much differently and with a tragic outcome,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, in the release.

TODAY’S MOST-READ: Woman’s complaint that she was injured during her arrest in Nanaimo under investigation

YESTERDAY’S MOST-READ: B.C. Ferries asking people to avoid non-essential travel this long weekend



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

RCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Island’s current COVID-19 case count officially hits zero

Of the 130 recorded Island Health cases, five people have died, 125 recovered

Man found dead in his tent at Chemainus homeless camp

Facebook posts tell of personal struggles and attempts to stay clean and sober

Town of Ladysmith adopts 1.92 percent tax increase for 2020

Mayor Aaron Stone said the increase balances lost revenue while maintaining town services

Ladysmith principal mourns family killed during US protests

Jelks says he’s grateful for the outpouring of support from the community in the wake of this tragedy

Considerations made to keep Crofton drive-by birthday celebrations going

Trucks will tone it down or not use horns at all to bring some joy to kids and older folks

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

We’re asking you to lock arms with us, as we look to better days ahead

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

Alert Bay resident carves tribute to his community kicking COVID-19’s butt

‘Our little village crushed the curve with love and commitment’

Lithium-ion battery fire damages suite in Nanaimo

One man displaced from home after battery for radio-controlled toy bursts into flame while charging

End of an Era: Tofino hair studio closes shop

“We were getting excited to start ramping up and then all of sudden we had to close our doors.”

Kelowna Mountie on desk duty following ‘aggressive’ arrest

The officer involved in an arrest that took place on May 30 in Kelowna has been placed on administrative duties

Most Read