Reports of possible firearms in Penticton attract police attention

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PENTICTON - Penticton police responded to two separate calls about people brandishing suspected firearms last week.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says officers were called to the corner of Winnipeg Street and Orchard Avenue around 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 after a resident reported seeing three men, one of whom was carrying what looked like a firearm.

Police spotted two of the men and they were arrested with what turned out to be a paintball gun, Wrigglesworth says. The men were found to be on court conditions not to possess weapons or ammunition and were held for court, but later released after Crown opted not to pursue charges.

The second call involving a suspected firearm happened at roughly 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Tim Hortons on Skaha Road.

Wrigglesworth says police arrived to find two men and a woman fighting in the parking lot. A search of one of the men revealed a pellet gun and brass knuckles.

David Kidd of Penticton was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and other charges.

He was released on a recognizance after appearing in court yesterday, Oct. 2, with a subsequent court appearance scheduled for Oct. 18.

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