Loaded firearm found in backpack of suspect in downtown Kamloops


KAMLOOPS - A loaded sawed off shotgun was found in the backpack of a man who appeared to be in distress in downtown Kamloops yesterday.

Just after noon, March 5, Kamloops RCMP responded to a man acting strangely near the corner of Seymour Street and 6 Avenue.

Officers found a man rolling on the ground, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in a news release. The man was acting confused and had difficulty communicating with officers.

Shelkie says one officer noted the man was carrying a small baggie that appeared to have residue of a drug in it.

The 36-year-old who was previously known to police was arrested, and when his backpack was searched at the detachment a loaded sawed-off shotgun was found.

Evidence in the investigation has been forwarded to the prosecution service who will determine if charges will be laid.

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