Police have seized explosives and more than 100 guns from the home of a Campbell River man who is accused of pointing a handgun at an off-duty RCMP officer while looking for a lost dog.
On Jan. 28, 55-year-old Tony Green allegedly pointed a handgun at an off-duty officer who was riding his bike with his dog in Beaver Lodge Forest Lands. Campbell River RCMP said the officer had passed Green walking his dog toward the south Dogwood Parking lot.
According to police, when the officer got to the parking lot, he heard Green calling out for his dog. The officer went back to the trails to help Green look for his lost dog. Police said Green was very angry that his dog was missing. When the officer said he was there to help, Green allegedly pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the officer.
The officer got out of the situation and called 911. On-duty officers responded and Green was arrested. The dog was later found by police. A handgun and ammunition were seized from the car Green was driving.
That same night, police began searching Green’s residence and continued into Jan. 31. Three full pickup truck loads of guns, ammunition and prohibited devices were removed from the residence. The search was delayed when explosive materials were found and the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit removed the explosives, detonators and detonator cords from the house.
Police said more than 100 guns, handguns, shotguns and assault-style rifles were seized. Many were prohibited firearms such as a Second World War Bren machine gun with a tripod. Investigators also found homemade silencers, zip guns, prohibited over-capacity magazines and untraceable firearms.
Police said none of the firearms or devices were locked or stored properly Some were found loaded.
Green is currently facing seven charges, including pointing a firearm, possession dangerous to the public, carry a concealed weapon and unauthorized possession.
A handgun and ammunition were seized from the car Green was driving. Campbell River RCMP are recommending numerous serious firearm charges in addition to those charges.
“Every prohibited device, every firearm not properly stored can be considered an individual offence,” Cpl. Ron Vlooswyk with the Campbell River RCMP said in a statement.
Green is still in custody. His next court appearance is on Feb. 12.