Gunfire ringing out in the streets of downtown Maple Ridge on Halloween morning led Mounties to shell casings and ultimately to an arsenal of guns and ammunition.
A 22-year-old Maple Ridge man is facing multiple weapons charges after reports of gun shots heard in the 11700-block of 223rd Street early Saturday morning, explained Ridge Meadows RCMP Const. Julie Klaussner.
The police investigation first revealed bullet casings in the immediate area.
“Within an hour of the investigation, police identified a suspect and a 22 year-old man was arrested without incident at his home,” she said.
Armed with a search warrant, a search of his residence turned up a plethora of guns.
Police seized a semi-automatic handgun, a Glock handgun, a 12-gauge shotgun, a silencer, and several boxes of ammunition, and magazines.
On Monday, Kyle Edlund from Maple Ridge appeared in provincial court to face a smattering of charges, including four counts of careless use, carrying, handling, shipping, transport or storage of a firearm; one count of unauthorized possession of firearm; one count of committing an offence of possess non-firearm knowing unauthorized; two counts of possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition; and one count of did commit an offence of unlawfully discharge a firearm.
None of these charges have been proven in court.
Edlund was released on a $10,000 surety, and his next court appearance date is scheduled for Nov. 18.
No injuries or victims were reported in Saturday’s gunfire incident. However, Klaussner said police are interested in speaking with any witnesses who were in the area at around 7 a.m. that morning.
“If you saw or heard something and have not already spoken with police please call 604-463-6251 and refer to file #20-23847,” she said.
For those who wish to remain anonymous, they can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online at www.solvecrime.ca