Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Booze and Bullets

Search reveals despondent man had guns

Released by Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen, RCMP UFVRD/Voice photos


A shackled suspect is escorted by officers from Chilliwack General Hospital after being arrested at a home on South Sumas Saturday.


n Saturday, January 11th, 2014, Chilliwack RCMP received a complaint of an intoxicated male threatening to commit self-harm with a firearm.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., the Police attended a residence in the 45000 block of South Sumas Road. As the incident potentially involved a firearm, public safety became the primary concern and a comprehensive safety plan was enacted. This resulted in several residences being evacuated.

When the residence in question was safely contained, police were able to convince the occupant, a 30-year-old Chilliwack man, to surrender without incident and was then taken into custody.

On Sunday, January 12, the Serious Crime Section executed a search warrant of the residence seizing; one handgun, one shotgun, and several non functioning firearms. As well a small Improvised explosive device, believed to be quite old, was located and seized for destruction.

“Given the nature of this incident public safety is paramount. The responding police officers acted immediately and decisively to ensure that harm did not come to the neighbourhood,” said Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen. “This resulted in a peaceful resolution to the incident”.

The Chilliwack man was released from custody and will appear in provincial court on April 1st, 2014 on several criminal code charges.



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