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Penticton woman facing charges after pulling airsoft handgun on police

An airsoft handgun seized by Penticton RCMP on Aug. 18, 2020 is pictured in this submitted photo. A 42-year-old Penticton woman was arrested after she pointed the airsoft handgun at an RCMP officer.
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August 24, 2020 - 10:54 AM

A Penticton woman was arrested almost a week ago after she pointed an airsoft handgun at an RCMP officer.

Officers were responding to a report of a woman with a handgun outside a motel room in the 2700 block of Skaha Lake Road in Penticton at around 9:30 a.m. Aug. 18, according to an RCMP media release. RCMP don’t identify the motel.

Police say the woman was agitated and refused to obey the officers directions, and pulled what looked like a handgun from her waistband and pointed it in the direction of an officer.

She then dropped what turned out to be an airsoft handgun to the ground.

Police took the woman into custody.

“An inspection of the firearm showed it was actually an airsoft gun, which looked almost indistinguishable from a real firearm,” Penticton media relations officer Const. James Grandy said. “Many of these kinds of pellet and airsoft guns closely resemble the real thing. Our officers must respond to all firearms calls as if they’re real until proven otherwise. Police urge the public against carrying these kinds of weapons in public.”

A 42-year-old Penticton woman faces charges of assault with a weapon and possessing a weapon.

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