On May 9, Powell River RCMP detachment received a complaint from a concerned resident stating that a person was acting in an unusual way, and they had concerns for the person’s safety.
According to a media release from corporal Chris Manseau, division media relations officer, Powell River RCMP frontline members attended and spoke with the person who was exhibiting some unusual behaviours. As the investigation progressed the suspect made some concerning statements and requested that the members conduct a check of his residence, stated Manseau.
“The allegations were immediately determined to be unfounded, although a substantial amount of police time and resources were spent investigating,” stated Manseau.
Powell River RCMP members were planning on transporting the man from the scene, however, prior to departure the Powell River man gave directions to a specific location the RCMP should search immediately, according to Manseau. RCMP members searched this location and immediately located two firearms, ammunition and several loaded magazines for the firearms.
“On May 14, the Powell River RCMP, with the assistance from the Vancouver Island emergency response team and Vancouver Island police dog services, arrested [the man] at the Beach Garden Resort and Marina on Westminster Street,” stated Manseau. “[He] is facing numerous charges, including possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a prohibited device, careless use of a firearm, possession of a restricted firearm and carrying a prohibited firearm weapon or device.”