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Man gives toying with RCMP a shot at local park

RCMP responding to complaints of an armed man at a local park Sunday discovered the gun was fake.

They were called to Riverside Park about 2 p.m. Dec. 9 after a man allegedly cocked and pointed a handgun at a female jogger.

"Multiple police officers responded to the complaint," said RCMP spokesperson, Staff Sgt. Grant Learned, adding the 29-year-old suspect is a substance user known to Kamloops police and was carrying "drug paraphernalia" when arrested at the scene.

RCMP found the man wandering by the river, "walking in a zigzag pattern and waving his hands frantically," Learned said.

He said the man initially complied and put down his weapon before picking it back up. RCMP repeatedly asked him to lower the weapon, threatening to shoot him. The suspect finally gave in, was arrested and handcuffed. It was then officers realized the man's weapons were made of plastic.

He faces charges related to possession of a weapon and breach of probation.

— Jessica Wallace

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