It took RCMP over two hours to negotiate with an Oliver man, who was acting suspiciously and allegedly armed with a rifle, and convince him to exit his property.
David McLaughlin, 27, was charged with firearms offences related to a call that came in on Jan. 13 of a suspicious male who had entered a private property on Road #5, south of Oliver, allegedly armed with a rifle.
The complainant was not harmed and the male departed the property when told to leave. The RCMP said in a press release that police officers from Penticton, Osoyoos and Oliver responded, determining McLaughlin lived in a trailer parked at a nearby property and attempted to speak to him. Negotiations took place over two hours before McLaughlin finally exited. RCMP said he was arrested without further incident and also charged with an unrelated breach of conditions.
According to RCMP, a loaded rifle was found inside the trailer and seized. McLaughlin remains in custody pending his next court appearance.