A man has been arrested at gunpoint and is facing charges after the Victoria Police Department responded to a firearm call late Sunday night.
A police report outlines that officers responded to a call about a man with a gun at a multi-unit residential temporary housing facility on January 24.
The report was at a housing facility in the 100-block of Gorge Road East, just before midnight.
The report suggested a man had a firearm tucked into his belt and when officers arrived, they were able to track down the man and arrest him “at gunpoint.”
Following the arrest, police say they discovered the firearm was a “realistic replica handgun.”
The man was taken to the Victoria Police Department Headquarters and spent time in jail before being released with a future court date.
VicPD says its recommending charges of breach of a court-ordered condition not to possess replica firearms.
“Replica firearms present risk to those who irresponsibly possess and display them, to officers, and to our community,” reads a statement from Victoria Police. “Officers must respond to firearms calls as though these weapons are functional firearms until such time as their investigation has determined that the item is, indeed, a replica firearm.”
The replica firearm was seized by police during the arrest.
In a second incident – that occurred almost simultaneously, according to police – an armed male was taken into custody by patrol officers after reportedly stabbing a hallway floor and threatening to harm people at a multi-unit residential building.
After receiving the report, patrol officers were deployed to the building, located in the 400-block of Pandora Avenue.
Officers were able to find the man and negotiate the suspect into custody at gunpoint, recovering the knife during the arrest.
No one was physically injured during the arrest, police say.
The man is said to not be a resident of the building, however, had been a guest of a resident.
“The resident later told officers that they had become uncomfortable with the suspect’s behaviour and asked him to leave, when he took a knife from their kitchen and began to threaten them with harm. They were able to get the suspect into the hallway and call 911,” reads a statement from police.
Officers identified the suspect after the arrest and found out he is a youth. During the arrest, the youth allegedly made several threats to harm officers and others.
An investigation is currently ongoing and police are asking anyone with information to call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654, extension 1.