Charges laid against man found in possession of modified SKS rifle

Surrey

2020-11-17 09:28 PST

File # 2020-173251

Multiple firearm related charges have been laid against a man allegedly found in possession of a modified SKS rifle in Whalley.

A Surrey RCMP frontline officer was conducting proactive patrols, shortly after 7:00 p.m. on November 7, 2020, when they encountered a stopped taxi with their hazard lights on, at the intersection of 105A Avenue and King George Boulevard. The taxi driver was struggling to deal with an intoxicated man in the rear seat of the taxi. The officer assisted and ultimately arrested the man for causing a disturbance and public intoxication.

As the investigation progressed, the officer located and seized a modified SKS rifle (semi-automatic carbine) in the man’s belongings.

As the investigation progressed, the officer located and seized a modified SKS rifle (semi-automatic carbine) in the man’s belongings.

The man was held in custody and on November 8, 2020, 43-year-old Reginald Bitternose was charged with four offences related to the illegal possession of a firearm.

What began as an offer to assist a vehicle with their hazards on, turned into the seizure of a high-powered firearm, says Superintendent Manly Burleigh, Surrey RCMP Operations Officers. Our frontline officers are trained in quickly adapting their response based on changing circumstances. I am glad they were able to resolve this situation without anyone getting hurt.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.  
 


Released by

Cpl. Joanie Sidhu

Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP
www.surreyrcmp.ca
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
Office: 604-599-7776
Email: surrey_media_relations@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
 

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