June 07, 2016 - 6:30 PM
PENTICTON - Two incidents involving open displays of possible weapons had police rushing to the scene last week.
Police responded to reports of a man wandering the 900-block of Killarney Avenue with a gun at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, Penticton RCMP media spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says.
Police arrived to find a mentally challenged man pointing a toy gun at various things, saying 'bang, bang'. The man, in his mid-50s, responded to police commands and was taken to a Forestbrook Drive residence where he normally resides in the care of relatives.
On Sunday evening, June 5, police responded to calls of a man carrying a machete and walking along Lakeshore Drive. Police stopped the man, who said he had just purchased the item from a pawn shop and was taking it home.
No charges were laid, and no laws broken in the incident, but Wrigglesworth advises residents to use discretion when innocently transporting items which could be considered weapons. He also points out toy weapons are often very difficult for the average citizen to discern from the real thing.
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