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Quesnel RCMP arrest man near high school with replica handgun

RCMP are commending the actions of students
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Correlieu Secondary School students are being praised by Mounties for their quick actions to report a man walking toward the school with what was believed to be a firearm Friday morning (May 17).

Staff Sgt. Richard Weseen, Quesnel RCMP detachment commander, confirmed an arrest has been made after the police received the report of a man walking toward the Quesnel high school with a firearm.

“The quick police response and arrest of this man can be credited to the students that called the police immediately when they saw the man with what they thought was a firearm. At this time, it is not believed that the man had any intention of entering the school, or harming the students.”

At approximately 8:15 a.m., the Quesnel RCMP received a call from students of Correlieu Secondary School reporting a man was in possession of a firearm and was walking on Anderson Drive toward the high school.

“The witnesses reported the man was agitated and yelling at bystanders. For safety, the high school was placed in a hold and secure, which is a partial lockdown of the school.”

The Quesnel RCMP arrived at the school within minutes and located the man on the Correlieu Secondary School grounds with what was believed to be a handgun in his hand. The man was arrested without incident and the police seized a replica handgun.

The 43-year-old Quesnel man, who is known to police, will be held in custody for a bail hearing. Charges of mischief and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose are being recommended for charge assessment by the Crown, noted Weseen.



Angie Mindus

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