Pointing fake gun results in arrest in park

A Kamloops man will likely face weapons charges after allegedly pointing a fake pistol at a jogger in Riverside Park on the weekend.

At about 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, police say, a woman was jogging in the park when she saw a man with a gun in his hand.

"He had apparently cocked it and pointed it at her," Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said. "The woman ran to her car and called police."

Within minutes, Learned said, multiple police officers had descended on the scene and one of the constables spotted the suspect walking near the river.

"He was walking in a zig-zag pattern and waving his hands in the air frantically," Learned said.

The officer yelled at the suspect to drop the weapon, Learned said, which he did — but then he picked it back up again.

Learned said the Mountie had his service revolver pointed at the apparent gunman, who was by then walking toward the officer with his hands in the air, still holding the weapon.

He eventually dropped the gun and was arrested.

Learned described the 29-year-old suspect as a known street-drug user, noting  his actions were consistent with someone high on crack cocaine.

As for the weapon, police determined it was fake after taking the suspect into custody.

"It was a black plastic handgun that the suspect reported he had recently purchased on his release from jail," Learned said.

Learned said police will recommend weapons charges against the man.

One of the responding Mounties suffered a broken ankle after falling down an embankment while apprehending the suspect.



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