Starter pistol sets off series of police events

Mounties don't often rely on serendipity, but that's exactly what allowed them to apprehend someone for an outstanding warrant.

Mounties don’t often rely on serendipity, but that’s exactly what allowed them to apprehend someone for an outstanding warrant Monday afternoon.

At around 1 p.m. March 26, Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a gunshots at  1370 Glenmore Road, a  home that they’re all too familiar with.

With their guns drawn, they called out the eight residents who were inside, one-by-one so they could enter, explained Const. Kris Clark.

The seemingly high-stakes action took place over the course of an hour and a half, while a portion of road was shut down to passersby, and news cameras focused on their every move from the golf course across the street.

When all inside had exited the home, the RCMP entered, and found a treasure trove of unusual possessions.

“There was one firearm, a machete, and a couple other firearm related items,” said Clark.

No one was injured, which is in all likelihood due to the fact that there weren’t likely any shots fired. Not at the residence, anyway.

“We believe, or it’s very likely, that the shots were fired across the road at the golf course, from a starting pistol that was firing blanks,” he said.

The fact that the gunshot complaint came in about an address that was “known to police” ramped up the perceived threat, and that gave the police the powers to call everyone out of their home and enter as they saw fit.

“The house has a history for us, it gives us exigent cause to enter without a warrant,” he said. “Our purpose was to go in and make sure that everyone was safe.”

If they’d come across something of a highly criminal nature, they’d have to go back and get a warrant to continue investigating.

All the people who were taken into custody at the scene have been released, except one who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Another man faces possible firearms charges pending further investigation.

As for the golf course, a call to the pro shop was made and apparently, no one was in the least bit ruffled about what was happening across the street.

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