Weapon wielding man threatens picketers in Kelowna

One man has been arrested following a weapons related threats incident Monday morning in Kelowna.

  • Nov. 21, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 21 at 10:14 a.m., the Kelowna RCMP responded to a weapons complaint in the 2200 block of Harvey Avenue. According to witnesses at the scene a male suspect, who cycled by, stopped and engaged in a verbal altercation with a group of individuals picketing in the area.

The confrontation quickly escalated to where the suspect produced what appeared to be a handgun, allegedly pointed it toward an individual, uttered threats towards the group and fled the area on his bicycle.

RCMP officers flooded to the area in search of the suspect, who was located as a result of the detailed suspect description provided. The suspect was identified and taken into police custody without further incident.

“Investigators have recovered a pellet gun they believe was used in the commission of the offence,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “Thankfully, no one was physically injured during the incident and the public is no longer at risk.”

The suspect, a 29-year-old Kelowna man of no fixed address, remains in police custody and faces potential charges.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police, call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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