New Westminster – On June 22 at approximately 2:00am, the New Westminster Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call to assist someone who had allegedly been assaulted with a weapon.
Upon arrival, officers immediately tended to the victim and contained the scene. The Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service assisted and the suspect was located a short distance away and arrested without incident. A BB gun and stolen property were found on the suspect during the arrest.
Prior to the 9-1-1 call, the suspect allegedly broke into a vehicle and was confronted by the owner of the vehicle when the owner recognized the suspect in possession of his property. A confrontation took place and the suspect allegedly shot what appeared to be a gun at the victim.
“To have what appears to be a gun pointed at you and then fired is a terrifying experience,” stated Sergeant Jeff Scott. “Thankfully this was a BB gun and didn’t cause life-threatening injury, but is a very serious offense.”
A Report to Crown Counsel has been submitted recommending the following charges in relation to this incident:
Two (2) counts of assault with a weapon contrary to section 267
One count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose contrary to section 88
One count of use of imitation firearm contrary to section 85
One count of theft under contrary to section 334(b)
The New Westminster Police Department encourages anyone with information regarding criminality to contact police. Alternatively, information can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
CONTACT PERSON: Staff Sergeant Stuart Jette 165