A routine traffic stop by VicPD led to the discovery of a loaded firearm and a gunpoint arrest early Wednesday morning.
At approximately 3 a.m., on July 20th, officers pulled over a vehicle travelling without its tail lights visible at the intersection of Douglas and Discovery streets.
Upon pulling the vehicle over, officers requested the driver provide the vehicle’s insurance documents.
When the driver of the vehicle opened the glovebox, an officer on the passenger side observed a handgun inside.
The officers drew their duty handguns and called for additional units. The occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody shortly thereafter without incident or injury.
The handgun in the glovebox was determined to be a replica firearm.
During the vehicle’s security search, officers located a loaded handgun in a backpack that was in the possession of one of the vehicle occupants at the time of the stop.
They were arrested and transported to cells where they are held in custody for breaching a sentencing condition not to possess both real and replica weapons.
The other vehicle occupants were released pending further investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident, who has not yet spoken with officers, is asked to contact the VicPD at (250) 995-7654.
To report what you know anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.