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9-1-1 call about firearm confirmed as replica gun, Moncton, N.B.
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Codiac Regional RCMP is reminding the public of the importance of the proper handling of replica firearms after an incident at a public park in Moncton on Sunday.
Police officers responded to a complaint on December 21, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m. of two males with a handgun in a public park. The 9-1-1 call also reported that the firearm was being pointed towards a person.
When police arrived on the scene, one of the males pointed the weapon towards a police officer. The officers took cover and pulled out their service pistols. The officers ordered the two boys, ages 14 and 15, to drop the weapon and lay on the ground with their arms outstretched which they did.
No one was hurt and it was determined that the firearm the youths were handling was a type of airsoft gun, made to look like a legitimate firearm.
“The public is quick to call police when they see someone holding a firearm in public,” states Staff Sergeant Mark Janes of the Codiac RCMP. “These types of guns are not toys. As police officers, we have to assume that the weapon is real and take necessary action to protect ourselves and the public. This is a potential life and death situation and it is fortunate in this case that no one was hurt. ”
Police met with the youths’ parents and destroyed the replica firearm. The police are also asking parents to be aware of what their children may have and ensure they are using such items in a responsible and safe manner.
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Codiac RCMP say pellet guns that look like real firearms are not toys and need to be properly handled. The warning comes after a potentially deadly situation on Sunday at a Moncton park. Responding to a 911 call at a park off West Street, Mounties had to seek cover behind a car and pull their service pistols on a couple of teen aged boys, after one of them pointed an air soft-type gun at them. The boys, aged 14 and 15, were ordered to drop the weapon and lie flat on the ground. Staff-Sgt Mark Janes says the members had no idea the gun was a fake and acted appropriately. Janes says officers spoke to the parents of the boys and have decided not to lay charges. The gun, however, has been destroyed. Janes says the message they want to send to parents is that these weapons are not toys and they should not be used in a public place where people can mistake them for real guns.