Sunday, January 9, 2022

Friday night report of a gunshot on east side results in arrest, weapons seizure in Prince Rupert

A Display of weapons seized by the RCMP on Saturday following
 a late Friday night call for assistance on the east side of Prince Rupert

(photo from Prince Rupert RCMP)

A call for assistance related to a gunshot hard off of 11th Avenue East on Friday night, brought a full response from the members of the Prince Rupert RCMP to the east side of the city. 

The result of the response putting one Prince Rupert resident in jail awaiting court and the seizure of a large volume of weapons as part of the investigation.

In an information release from the Prince Rupert Mounties, the background to the 11 PM Friday night incident are outlined:

On January 7th at approximately 11:00 pm, the Prince Rupert RCMP received a report of a gun shot from a residence fired toward an open area behind 11th Ave E. 

A risk assessment was conducted by police and it was determined that there was a potential risk to public safety. All on-duty members attended the residence and quickly set up containment. Emergency equipment was activated and occupants were called out by police. 

2 men and 1 woman initially got detained until the residence was cleared. Inside the residence, police observed unsecured firearms and weapons which confirmed the risk to public safety. 

Once the residence was cleared, police exited and guarded the scene while a search warrant was being drafted. 1 man was arrested and taken into police custody while the other man and the woman were released on scene.

Charged with nine different counts of the Criminal code is Cody Kaleb Tyson Fenton, 33 years old from Prince Rupert.

Among the Charges he faces are: Possession of firearm and ammunition contrary to prohibition order, Possession of a weapon and ammunition for dangerous purpose, Careless use of a firearm, Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, Unauthorized possession of a firearm and Failing to comply with a release order. 

He is currently remanded in police custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

On Saturday, members of the RCMP returned to the residence and executed a search warrant for inside the home. As a result of that investigation, Multiple firearms, most of them unsecured and loaded, including restricted and prohibited ones, multiple weapons, including prohibited, and ammunitions were found. 

Constable Gabriel Gravel, the Media Relations Officer with the Prince Rupert RCMP made note of the large volume of weapons seized and the scope of an investigation that came from a call related to the gunshot.

"This is a very large seizure of firearms, weapons and ammunitions for the Prince Rupert RCMP. We are thankful for the concerned citizen who reported the initial gun shot. More often than not, similar reports turn out to be fireworks or firecrackers but in this case, it was a very serious incident. 

These firearms and weapons could have been used to severely hurt people so we're happy they've been taken out of the community. More charges will also be recommended to the BC Prosecution Service following the execution of the search warrant." 

The RCMP notes from the incident can be reviewed here.  

Further items of interest on the work of Emergency Responders can be explored here.

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