RCMP take down teen carrying BB gun
Friday, Jul 18, 2014 04:45 pm
A 17-year-old was arrested earlier this week after he was caught walking along the Red Willow Trail carrying a BB gun.
On Wednesday, July 16 around 10 p.m., St. Albert RCMP received a report from a concerned resident that a young man was walking from a vehicle towards Lions Park holding a black handgun by his side.
Officers located the teen with four other young people on the Red Willow Trail and detained them in a high-risk takedown, said Cpl. Laurel Kading of the St. Albert RCMP.
A high-risk takedown leads an officer to unholster his or her weapon, she explained.
The 17-year-old boy – who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act – was found to have had an unloaded black CO2 powered BB gun that was very realistic looking, Kading said.
“Sometimes young people think it’s cool to have these types of things – what looks like a real gun,” said Kading. “The public can’t tell it’s not real so we deal with it as if it is a real handgun, a real threat.”
No charges have been laid against the teen, as the investigation is ongoing.
RCMP seized the BB gun under the city bylaw that prohibits air guns in any city parks.
Discharging a BB/air gun within city limits is prohibited and people can face up to a $50 fine.
In 2013, RCMP responded to at least 10 verified complaints involving air/gas powered replica firearms in both public spaces and on private property. There are two complaints so far in 2014.