(Photo by Saanich Police)

Saanich Police have taken a 32-year-old man into custody after he was seeing carrying a gun on a BC Transit bus.

According to a statement from police, a witness called 9-1-1 when they saw a man with a gun tucked into his waistband at around 3 p.m. on March 31st.

The suspect was seen getting on a BC Transit bus on Shelbourne Street.

Police were able to notify BC Transit and the bus driver stopped the vehicle near Hillside Mall in Victoria.

The man was quickly identified and arrested. Upon searching him, officers found the weapon which turned out to be a black pellet gun designed to look like a handgun, and a small quantity of drugs.

“Even though the weapon in this instance was a pellet gun, investigating officers were satisfied that this person carried it in a public place and for the purpose of committing an offence,” said Cst. Anastasiades.

He is now facing charges of possession weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of a controlled substance.