A home in Campbell River hosted a large police presence on Thursday night, following reports of a male outside of someone’s window brandishing a gun.
The Campbell River RCMP attended the unit at 300 Robron Road at 9:40 pm after loud bangs were heard and someone was seen going into a nearby unit after waving a gun around, “gangster style”.
The unit was surrounded by members of Campbell River’s A Watch, Police Dog Services and Community Response Unit, and everyone inside was directed to exit the building.
According to police, not everyone was willing to cooperate.
“Multiple people in the home came down at different times, opened the door, then refused to comply with police directions and closed the door again,” said the detachment in a release.
Unfortunately, police say several people could not seem to understand that they were required to follow police directions.
The RCMP says there were at least eight people in the residence at the time, the bulk of whom were underaged individuals who seemed to have partaken heavily in alcohol and marijuana
“When police are directing people, it is extremely important for them to follow instructions. That cannot be stressed enough,” said Cst. Maury Tyre, who was on the scene at the time of the incident.
With the levels of intoxication adding to the dangerous situation, police made entry into the home approximately one hour after the incident began, says the RCMP.
Police say nobody was hurt, and the firearm was taken from someone who left the unit.
The firearm was found to be a BB gun, but the RCMP says it looked very realistic.
“In this case, the professionalism and patience of the members at the scene ensured nobody was injured, but with the actions of the people in the residence at the time, it could have easily turned into a tragedy,” said Cst. Tyre.
Police are currently reviewing the incident to determine what further actions will need to be taken.