A twenty-eight (28) year old Winnipeg resident found out the hard way that pointing toy guns can be serious business.
On April 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm, WPS Patrol Officers responded to the 2100 block of Mcphillips Street regarding a male in a vehicle who had been observed pointing a gun at several people. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
The suspect was also reported to be driving at a high rate of speed with no regard for publicly safety. As a result, Police dispatch deployed Air1, the K9 Unit and the Tactical Support Team (TST). Air1 subsequently observed the suspect fleeing the area and maintained a visual following the car to the area of the 600 block of Sheppard Street. Coordinated efforts involving Air1, Patrol Units, TST and the K9 units resulted in several people being taken into custody.
A search of the suspect vehicle resulted in the seizure of a BB gun and a paintball pistol.
The twenty-eight (28) year old male was charged with the following offences:
- Point Firearm x 4
- Possess Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
- Possess Firearm while prohibited
- Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
- HTA – Drive Careless, Drive Without Licence
The male was detained at the Provincial Remand Center.
Police do not take offences involving replica, toy or fake firearms lightly.
These types of implements are often used in robberies, assaults and other offences.
Members of the public often fail to comprehend the danger these types of weapons present. In 2005, a report from the Canadian Pediatric Society cited eleven (11) deaths from pellet guns, including ten (10) deaths after people were shot in the eye or temple areas.
In 2008, a seventeen (17) year old boy in Winnipeg was charged with criminal negligence causing death after a thirteen (13) year old boy was shot with a stolen air rifle.