A report of a man carrying a firearm brought the RCMP out in force on 20th Ave. between Pine and Quince Monday morning.
Several officers responded to the priority one call at about 10:30 Monday after a resident reported three men walking down Quince St., one of whom appeared to be carrying a gun.
Although the firearm turned out to be a paint ball gun, officers were concerned since the man in question, a Prince George resident in his late 20s, is a known offender, and although not a known gang member he has affiliations within that sector.
“He certainly has affiliations with gangs, but he’s more well-known for property crime,” said Cpl. Craig Douglass. “But he is capable of other things.”
Police confiscated several items from the man, including knives as well as an ornamental axe that was sharpened, and a sharpening stone. Douglass said they are concerned over the purpose of the blade.
“The axe will be seized,” he said.Charges, however, are unlikely although the RCMP will be looking at whether or not the man is currently on probation with conditions in place.Douglass said even though the firearm turned out to be a paint ball gun, the citizen who noticed the weapon and called police did exactly the right thing.
“Whoever noticed is very diligent. It was good work and the right thing to be done in this situation.”
He added the man should have used common sense while transporting these items.