An Ontario man who was arrested at gunpoint in September after a driving around Kamloops pointing a paintball gun at people has been ordered to spend 60 days behind bars.
Nigel Cox, 26, pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Court heard Cox’s brief spree began just after 9 a.m. on Sept. 7, when a man dropping his wife off at work at Costco saw what he thought was someone firing a gun at traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway.
The man told police the gunman, later identified as Cox, then pointed the gun at him but did not fire. He then drove away in a blue SUV.
Five hours later, Cox pulled up alongside a group of young men walking near Sandman Centre and began yelling obscenities. He then jumped out of his vehicle with his paintball gun and chased the group.
Cox then got back into his vehicle to drive away but was arrested at gunpoint by CP police near the Red Bridge.
Defence lawyer Eric Rines said Cox moved to B.C. over the summer and intends to stay in Kamloops. Rines said Cox was struggling with mental health issues at the time of the incident but has been medicated while in jail.
Cox, who has no previous criminal record, was handed a 60-day sentence and released on time served. He will be on probation for 12 months with orders requiring him to stay medicated as directed by doctors and barring him from possessing any weapons.
“It’s fortunate that no greater harm was done in these events,” Kamloops provincial court Judge Stephen Harrison said in sentencing Cox.
“It must have been very frightening for this individuals involved, especially those who weren’t aware it was a paintball gun and thought it was a real firearm.”