A Mountie raiding a North Kamloops house screamed "there's a gun, there's a gun" after the homeowner emerged from his bedroom carrying a revolver.
Details emerged Thursday in B.C. Supreme Court of a dramatic RCMP drug raid in January last year.
After first failing to obtain a warrant for a suspected drug trafficking operation by a Holt Street homeowner, police were able to get a search warrant on a second application to the courts based on an allegation of an illegal firearm in the home.
Search warrant in hand, the RCMP drug squad first yelled and tried the front door. Finding it locked, members attempted to break down the door, then gained entry after smashing through glass and opening the lock.
"Const. Ben Robinson was the first who went upstairs," Crown lawyer Joel Gold said of the nighttime raid.
Jacques Bedard came out of the bedroom, pointing the handgun at the Mountie, who was clad in a vest identifying him as a police officer.
The gun was an unregistered and loaded revolver, which Bedard kept in a nightstand in his bedroom.
Bedard, who walks with a prosthetic leg following a workplace accident in 2004, then surrendered to police, telling them he thought it was a home invasion.
He pleaded guilty Thursday to pointing a firearm. Gold said the Crown dropped other weapons charges due to weaknesses in the case from flaws on the search warrant expected to be challenged by the defence at trial.
The Crown and defence jointly suggested a 12-month conditional sentence order, during which time Bedard will be under a curfew from midnight until 6 a.m.
Defence lawyer Jeremy Jensen said the arrest, and another police drug bust days earlier, were the beginning of Bedard losing his home.
He used a $100,000 settlement with WorkSafeBC in 2009 as a down payment on his Holt Street home, but was forced to use a high-risk lender because his income was so low. When he landed in jail for two months after his arrest, he was unable to make payments.
Lenders swooped in, applying penalties. Jensen said Bedard lost all his equity as a result and remains in debt.
But Bedard, who was hooked on heroin from pain due to his injury, turned his life around after being jailed. He is now enrolled at Thompson Rivers University for training as an electrician.
"He's drug-free and moving toward a career and has his family back," Jensen said.
Justice Sheri Donegan agreed with the 12-month conditional sentence. She also imposed a lifetime firearms ban.