Man in custody following weapon threats in Kamloops

Suspect was allegedly shooting at passersby with a paintball gun as he drove around the city

Kamloops Mounties arrested a man at gunpoint on Saturday afternoon after he was allegedly firing paintballs at people as he drove from one side of the city to the other.

Staff Sgt. Mathias Van Laer said police responded to a pair of reports of an erratic male firing the paintballs from a moving vehicle and threatening people with the paint ball gun.

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The first incident occurred near Costco in west Kamloops, with witnesses telling police he had driven all the way to Valleyview in east side of the city.

Mounties were then called to a similar call about a man threatening people near Sandman Centre and Riverside Park.

Van Laer said Mounties, with the help of CP Police officers, were able to catch up with the suspect in the 800-block of Lorne Street, where he was taken into custody at gunpoint by police.

Van Laer said the suspect, who is believed to be from out of town, did not resist arrest.

He was taken to the Kamloops RCMP’s Battle Street detachment and is expected to appear before a justice of the peace on Sunday.

"This was certainly a serious series of events that our members were able to successfully stop,” Van Laer said. “This individual was really acting dangerously and we are thankful he didn't cause any accidents or injuries to anyone prior to his arrest.”

Anyone who may have either witnessed and/or had any interaction with the suspect is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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