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An armed and dangerous man was arrested by West Shore RCMP over the weekend after they spotted him sleeping in a stolen car in Colwood.

On Saturday, at approximately 5:40 a.m., West Shore RCMP was called to Six Mile Road near Atkins Avenue for reports of a man sleeping in the driver’s seat of a stolen black Mercedes Benz coup that was stolen from Duncan two days earlier.

When officers arrived at the car, they found the male suspect still asleep inside the vehicle and attempted to arrest him.

During the arrest, the man began to physically fight with the officers and during the struggle a loaded 9mm handgun fell out of his waistband.

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Officers then seized the hand gun and were able to wrestle the man into custody.

“No shots were fired by either the suspect or police in this instance, however one of our officers did sustain an injury to her hand,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar of the West Shore RCMP.

“This was a dangerous situation that was contained by our responding officers,” added Staff Sergeant Raj Sandhu, Acting Officer in Charge of the West Shore RCMP “We want to commend the officers for their bravery which lead to the safe arrest of the suspect.”

Police have identified the man as 33-year-old James Wilkinson. He is currently in custody and is facing 6 charges, including several firearms related offences and a possession of property obtained by crime offense for the stolen vehicle.

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