-West Shore RCMP media release
On October 3rd 2019, at approximately 9:30 pm the West Shore RCMP received a report of a male holding a handgun near Thrifty Foods located at 1495 Admirals Rd in View Royal.
“Police were informed by a witness that the male was holding what looked like a 9mm handgun and asked the witness if they had seen an RCMP vehicle,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP Media Relations Officer. “Frontline officers located the suspect walking along Admirals Rd and arrested the suspect for possessing a firearm. The suspect struggled with police and had to be restrained.”
After the arrest, officers recovered two black airsoft pistols in the suspect’s waistband. The suspect, who is believed to be a resident of Vancouver, must now appear in Provincial Court for possessing a weapon dangerous to the public and obstructing a police officer.
Though airsoft guns are not illegal to purchase in Canada, if used in a manner that poses a threat to the public, police will investigate and react accordingly. Please be aware of your surroundings and public perceptions when handling airsoft guns.
Cst. Nancy Saggar
Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B3A4