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Police respond to Esquimalt call with guns drawn

May 18 2012

Victoria police swarmed a quiet residential neighbourhood in Esquimalt with their firearms drawn after reports that a teen in the area had a gun.

Residents in the area of Joffre and Lyall streets called police around 8 p.m. Wednesday saying a number of teens were yelling and causing a disturbance and that one of them was waving what looked like a gun.

About half a dozen officers rushed to the scene and, with guns drawn, ordered the four teens to get to the ground, said police spokesman Const. Mike Russell.

They surrendered and police found a 16-year-old with an airsoft replica handgun tucked inside his hoodie.

One of the teens is known to police, but not the one with the replica gun.

The fake gun was seized and the Esquimalt teens were released to their parents without charges, but only after a terse lecture about the dangers of replica handguns, Russell said.

It is police protocol to respond to a gun call as if it’s a real weapon unless they know otherwise, he said.