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Police flood Shelbourne as pellet gun sparks calls

Jun 14 2012

A man with what turned out to be a pellet gun sparked a massive police search on Wednesday after worried passersby reported a man with a long gun walking down Shelbourne Street.

Three people called police, starting at 8: 45 a.m., reporting a man with a hunting rifle sticking out of his backpack, said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen. The man was seen walking north on Shelbourne Street in the area of North Dairy and Pear streets.

Half a dozen police officers flooded the area and set up a containment zone. A police dog was deployed but there was too much pedestrian traffic to pick up a scent.

There was no evidence to suggest the man was threatening people, but police typically take extra precautions when it comes to firearms, Jantzen said.

Based on the media coverage, a woman called police and said she thought the man was her neighbour.

About 2: 30 p.m., police went to a home on Shelbourne Street and found two men in their 20s, one of whom admitted to carrying the pellet gun.

The officer did not proceed with criminal charges but gave the men a lecture on the police resources used in the hunt for a possible man with a gun.

Students at nearby Ecole Doncaster, off Cedar Hill Road in Saanich, were kept inside for a brief period in the morning as a precaution.

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