Police seize fake gun after 911 call in Saanichton

Police seized a BB gun from several teenage boys Tuesday evening.

SAANICHTON – Police seized a BB gun from several teenage boys Tuesday evening in Central Saanich after receiving a 911 call about someone waving a weapon around on Cultra Avenue.

Just before 5 p.m., several Central Saanich Police officers and Sidney North Saanich RCMP members surrounded a home. Several teenage boys were taken into custody and a BB gun was seized. According to a police brief, the teens were “sternly cautioned by police regarding the dangers and risks of possessing and using a BB gun.”

They also talked to the parents.

This incident, stated police, is a reminder to the public of the dangers of having imitation firearms in one’s possession.

“It is difficult, even for experts, to tell between a fake gun or a BB gun and a real weapon from a distance,” stated Central Saanich Police Cpl. Janis Jean in a media release. “Each call to police reporting a gun being seen will prompt the same tactical response from all our officers.”

— with files from the Central Saanich Police Service