On May 22nd just before 9 am the Sooke RCMP received a report of a suspicious occurrence with several unknown men on Wadams Way, possibly involving firearms.
The Sooke RCMP were told that these unknown men were either moving firearms to or from a vehicle while backing up to the wooded area. A description of the men and the vehicle was given and Frontline members of the Sooke RCMP attended the area immediately.
A member of the Sooke RCMP arrived on the scene and immediately located a man carrying several firearms. The man was given directions, but started running, dropping several long-gun-styled firearms as he ran from police. The firearms were located and secured by a member on the ground, and the man continued running.
West Shore RCMP police dog services arrived on the scene and searched the area, quickly locating the man hiding in some bushes. The man initially provided false information on his identity, but shortly after confirmed who he is.
“This was a dynamic situation that happened very quickly from the time of the first call to the suspect being caught,” said Staff Sergeant Brett Sinden, Sooke RCMP Detachment Commander. “The suspect ran through many residents’ yards before being located by the police dog. The reports from the public calling in as they saw us running after this male, absolutely helped us locate him safely. Even though the suspect had several firearms, he did not threaten anyone, or any police officers. The investigation will now focus on what his intention was with the firearms, and where they came from.”
The Victoria man is in custody, and the investigation is on-going.
The Sooke RCMP is requesting anyone who has information on this situation to please contact the Sooke RCMP Detachment at 250-642-5241
Cpl. Chris Manseau
Division Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services