Firearms seized, two arrested during police parking lot take down

Two people who drove into the downtown RCMP detachment Monday (Feb. 15) with a loaded shotgun in the front seat after attempting to evade police are now in police custody.

At about 10:20 p.m. police attempted to pull over a black Mercedes an officer spotted driving the wrong way down Columbia Street, but it did not stop and instead slowed down and continued driving.

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The vehicle ended up entering the nearby ‘Police Only’ parking lot at 560 Battle St. where officers were able to block it inside.

Police then ordered a man and woman out of the vehicle.

“Upon removing the woman from the passenger side, police observed a shotgun in the front seat,” Const. Crystal Evelyn said in a press release. “Ammunition was located nearby the shotgun and a stolen, loaded rifle was recovered during a search of the vehicle.”

Both people were arrested and found to be wanted on outstanding warrants.

Napoleon James Tallthunderboy Ross, 32, of Kamloops, is charged with failing to stop a motor vehicle while being pursued by police, as well as driving dangerously.

Lanaesha Sha’Lynn Paul-Paquette, 23, of Kamloops, and Ross are both charged with transporting and storing a firearm in a manner contrary to the Firearms Act and Criminal Code, and occupying a vehicle knowing there was a firearm or prohibited ammunition in the vehicle.

They were to appear in court later in the afternoon.

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