RCMP converge on dead-end Metchosin street after weapon complaint

Suspect found to be prohibited from owning firearms, rifle seized

A complaint of a man carrying a rifle around on Bennett Road led to a weapon seizure on Monday afternoon and possible charges against a resident of the dead-end Metchosin street.

A Bennett Road resident called West Shore RCMP around 3 p.m. to report seeing a neighbour walking around the area with a gun. Police responded quickly, with four units arriving on the scene to search for the suspect, along with canine unit Const. Dion Sutton and police dog Tito.

“We go in quite heavily whenever there’s a firearm involved,” said West Shore RCMP Const. Kathy Rochlitz.

Officers ascertained who the individual was, that he lived on the street and was prohibited from owning firearms. They eventually found him at home and confiscated the rifle, Rochlitz said.

Investigators were recommending charges relating to the prohibition and the improper use of a firearm.