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Vernon RCMP respond to report of gun shots and find men with replica rifle setting of fireworks

June 30, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Vernon RCMP officers were quick to respond to gunfire complaints last week, however the complaints turned out to be false.

Officers called to a report of gun shots in the Tronson Road area shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday, June 27, issued a warning to a group of men who were caught setting off fireworks and who had an airsoft rifle, according to an RCMP media release.

"During a high risk incident, the public will often see our officers donning extra protective gear, such as hard body armour, and arming themselves with carbine rifles," said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett, in the news release. "This is done for the protection of the officers and public until the threat can be identified and de-escalated."

A public alert was not issued as officers were able to quickly locate the group, RCMP said.

Police said the men were apologetic about their actions.

The RCMP warns airsoft weapons can look and feel real, and they pose a risk to people who use them in an uncontrolled environment.

"Police treat every weapons complaint as high risk until determined otherwise," Brett said.

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