Penticton teen arrested with handgun

Penticton youth arrested after RCMP respond to shots being fired.

A Penticton youth was arrested after police responded to a complaint of shots being fired on Saturday, March 10.

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said a resident called RCMP around 11 p.m. stating they observed several youth in the 1700 block of Quebec Street in possession of what they believed to be a handgun. Mounties arrived on scene and questioned the teens.

“Further investigation of the youths revealed that one of the youths was concealing a unloaded .357 Magnum handgun as well as live ammunition. As a result, a 16-year-old male was arrested,” said Wrigglesworth.

Police said no one was injured but investigation did reveal that several rounds were discharged in different locations within Penticton.

“It was also revealed that the handgun had been stolen during an earlier break and enter. The owner, though reported the break and enter, had not reported the theft of the handgun to the police at the time,” said Wrigglesworth.

RCMP said the youth found in possession of the weapon was released by the courts on March 15 with a number of conditions including a 24-hour curfew and medical treatment.

“As a standard safety precaution the Penticton RCMP shared the information with the local school district since they were dealing with a serious matter which may have involved their students,” said Wrigglesworth.

Anyone with additional information on this incident are asked to contact Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-22-TIPS.

Correction: It was originally reported this event took place on Thursday, March 15. It has now been corrected to the complaint of shots being fired on Saturday, March 10. The Penticton Western News apologizes for any inconvenience.