Tension Leads to Threats and Firearms Seizure in Williams Lake
According to police, just after 10 am yesterday, a Firefighter reported that while working in the area of Springfield road, a local resident threatened to kill firefighters if they continued back burning in the area.
The man who made the threat was in a group of other males, one of whom was alleged to be carrying a handgun on his hip.
Williams Lake RCMP, with assistance from officers from the BC Wildfire deployment teams, identified and located the 44 year old male, who is alleged to have threatened the fireman.
In speaking with RCMP he acknowledged the statements were made in a time of extreme stress. At this time, charges against this male are not being considered, however to mitigate the possible risk, his firearm has been temporarily seized.
The 57 year old man, who was alleged to have been wearing the handgun, was also located and arrested. Police say he had a loaded, insecure handgun, and 6 rifles in his vehicle. His firearms have been seized and he has since been released, with a court appearance scheduled in early November.
We understand that tensions are running high” says Inspector Jeff Pelley , Officer in Charge of the Williams Lake RCMP, ” but we have to continue to pull together as a community to fight the fires in whatever way we can. The firemen and women have a job to do, as do we, we ask the public to continue to be patient as we work together with all of our partners to make your community a safe place to return to.