Man in court after brandishing fake gun in park

Police say he appeared to be under the influence of crack cocaine

Kamloops Daily News
December 10, 2012 01:00 AM

A 29-year-old man is in court Monday to face a number of charges after he was caught pointing a fake handgun at a jogger Sunday afternoon in Riverside Park.

A 55-year-old woman ran to her car and reported at about 2 p.m. that the man pointed the gun and appeared to cock it, Kamloops RCMP said Monday.

An officer caught up with the suspect as he walked along the beach in a zig-zag pattern, waving his arms frantically while carrying the gun.

"He is a known street drug user and he demonstrated all the physical symptoms consistent with drug use or being under the influence of crack cocaine," Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said.

The officer pulled his pistol and ordered the man to put down the gun. At first he complied, but picked it up again and walked toward the officer while holding the gun in the air.

"Eventually following several intense and short moments where the officer was yelling at the man to put down the weapon or that he would be shot, the suspect finally complied."

He was found with drug paraphernalia. Officers did not know gun was fake until they were able to have a look at it.

The suspect was held overnight and faces charges of breach of probation and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace. Learned said the man told officers he bought the gun just after getting out of jail.

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UPDATE

A man arrested Sunday on the beach near Riverside Park following a report of someone carrying a gun refused to speak to a judge in provincial court Monday.

Marshall Bradley, 29, also declined to talk with an available defence lawyer before he was led into court. He remained completely silent, with a hand over his face, once inside the courtroom.

Two sheriffs unsuccessfully attempted to get Bradley to stand after he was asked to do so by Judge Stella Frame.

Instead, Bradley made his body limp when grasped by sheriffs on each side. He was allowed to remain on the ground.

Four sheriffs accompanied him in the courtroom.

Frame entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. Bradley is scheduled to return to court Thursday, when he will be given an option to apply for bail.


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