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Psychotic episode involving pellet gun lands woman in custody

Vernon RCMP
September 30, 2013 - 11:52 AM

VERNON - A woman is facing charges of assault with a weapon and uttering threats after waving a pellet gun around in a busy Vernon neighbourhood.

Around 1:15 p.m. Saturday, RCMP officers along with the police dog unit responded to a report of a woman pointing a rifle in the 3200 block of 27th Street.

The 51-year-old woman, who is well known to police, was suffering from a psychotic episode. Police later learned the rifle was in fact a pellet gun.

“She has a history with us... more because of her mental state,” RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said. “They deal with her regularly.”

Eventually, police located the woman inside her residence in the 3300 block of 26th Street. Several streets were blocked by police while they determined exactly what they were dealing with.

The woman was arrested on her doorstep and is now facing possible charges of possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, assault with a weapon and uttering threats. While no one was badly hurt, Molendyk said these are serious offenses.

“One of the people who were hit by a pellet reported no significant injury from the shot,” Molendyk said.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at, call (250)309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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