A Kelowna RCMP member on the morning shift had to draw her weapon after an air gun enthusiast caused a scare on Leon Avenue this morning.
At 7:30 a.m., the police officer saw a vehicle travelling the wrong way on Leon Avenue in downtown Kelowna. The driver and lone occupant, a 20 year old man from Alberta, was dressed in black clothing and wearing a holster.
The officer stopped the car and, concerned for her safety, withdrew and displayed her firearm.
Fortunately, the weapon turned out to be an airsoft pistol, not an illegal weapon. The young man cooperated fully with the officer and was very apologetic to have caused the safety concern.
He explained the air soft pistol in the holster was being carried to a forested area to play airsoft games. He also had dog spray with him for his protection against wild animals.
As none of the items were illegal, he was issued a violation ticket under the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act for driving the wrong way on a one way street and went on his way.
Last year several complaints from residents who observed people heading into the woods or vacant lots to play paintball or airsoft games caused multiple officer frenzies.