Campbell River man charged in armed incident in Black Creek

Campbell River man charged in armed incident in Black Creek
Comox Valley RCMP
Stephen Pawlak, 42, was arrested last week in Black Creek and Comox Valley RCMP says he is facing multiple weapons charges.

A Campbell River man is facing various weapons charges after an incident that saw a large police presence at a store in Black Creek Thursday night.

Comox Valley RCMP received a report a man was in possession of a firearm and allegedly threatened to shoot a police officer.

The man was under surveillance and followed to the Black Creek General Store around 7:30 p.m., and refused to come out of a bathroom, telling police he had a gun.

The RCMP Emergency Response Team helped get the suspect out of the bathroom and into custody.

Comox Valley RCMP says 42-year-old Stephen Pawlak faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of a loaded handgun and possession of a firearm contrary to an order.

Pawlak is expected to appear in court later this month.

“The members of the plain-clothes units at the Comox Valley RCMP detachment worked quickly to determine the authenticity of the information received and with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team, collectively brought this man into custody without anyone getting
hurt” Comox Valley RCMP Insp. Mike Kurvers said in a statement Tuesday.

“Our priority is always the safety of our community and acting on information of this nature can be very dynamic with many different considerations along the way”

RCMP says the Major Crime Unit continues to investigate and is asking for any witnesses of Pawlak’s activities prior to his arrest to come forward to speak with police or Crime Stoppers.


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