SERVICES REPORT: Fake guns prompt emergency response

SERVICES REPORT: Fake guns prompt emergency response

Golden-Field RCMP

  • Sep. 27, 2018 12:00 a.m.

Golden-Field RCMP

The Golden-Field RCMP received 61 calls for service this week, which is below the usual average, but is typical for this time of year according to Cst. Spencer Lainchbury.

These calls included 15 traffic complaints, three abandoned vehicles, two collisions, and two disturbances.

The RCMP also confirmed they were called to a residence south of town on September 14 for a sudden death. The file is being investigated by the B.C. Coroners Service.

The Golden-Field RCMP were called for two separate incidents involving fake guns during the week of September 10.

Police were first called on September 10 just after 7 p.m. where it was reported that a male was upset and seen waving a gun near a downtown business.

The caller thought that the gun may be fake but was not certain, Lainchbury said.

Police responded immediately, however the male had been seen leaving in a vehicle.

Extensive patrols were made and police later received information that the vehicle had been spotted near Highway 1.

With the information provided, RCMP were able to locate the vehicle with the male inside. A replica firearm was also located inside the vehicle.

Police were then called to a motel on the Trans-Canada Highway on September 13 after a third-party report was received that someone was outside a room with a gun and shots had been fired.

Several officers immediately responded. They were able to make contact with the person inside the room, who advised that the shots fired were from a cap gun, Lainchbury said.

Police were able to locate the cap gun and speak with the resident who advised that he had made the call to a friend as a joke.

“This is certainly not a joking matter and something we take very seriously. It can be impossible to tell the difference between a real and fake gun, and both instances led to extensive police response which was ultimately not required,” the Golden-Field RCMP stated on their website.

Police will not be pursuing firearms charges in either incident, however the first male was fined for the not having a driver’s licence as well as having no insurance or registration on the vehicle.

Golden Fire

Department

Golden Fire Rescue responded to a report of cardiac arrest in Golden on September 18.

The following day, crews responded to alarms activated in a residence in town. A subsequent investigation showed no signs of fire.

Medical responders attended to a complaint of chest pains in the evening on September 21 with BC Ambulance Service, and the patient was transported to hospital for treatment.

On Friday, September 14, fire rescue crews responded to a report of a structural collapse with a person possible trapped inside south of town.

A small building had fallen onto the patient.

Paramedics were on scene when the rescue truck arrived, and firefighters assisted ambulance personnel with the patient.

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