Police in Prince George arrested five people and seized six firearms after a dangerous situation with guns in a gravel pit last weekend.
According to Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit Sergeant Lindsay Houghton, a number of people were shooting automatic weapons near a gravel pit at Teardrop Forest Service Road on May 16.
The group fled when police arrived around 9 p.m. and a brief chase ensued. By 11 p.m. two women, found with wet clothing after falling into a nearby lake, had been arrested.
Then, just after midnight, RCMP discovered a suspicious car nearby. When officers searched it they found the main suspect, 22-year-old Ryan John Moore, hiding in the trunk. Their police dog “Baron” was used to get him out of the car, and he taken into custody, arrested, and then sent to hospital for treatment for his dog bites.
Moore has been charged with one count of obstructing a peace officer, one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and one count of being out past a court-imposed curfew. Police believe he is connected to crime in the region.
Police also took a Kel Tec 9mm semi-automatic assault-style rifle, Ruger .223 rifle, two 7.62mm SKS semiautomatic assault-style, a shotgun, a .40 calibre Smith & Wesson pistol, and eight boxes of ammunition from the car.
“The quick response by CFSEU-BC members, along with officers from the Prince George RCMP Detachment and North District Police Service Dog Unit who provided invaluable help, resulted in the safe resolution to an extremely high-risk and dynamic event without any injury to officers,” said Houghton in a statement.
“The recovery of several guns from the hands of those who have shown a willingness to use them and who are involved in criminal activity will go far to
enhance public safety in the Prince George region.”
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