July 9, 2014 3:06 pm

12-year-old boy shot during backyard game of ‘pigeon shooting’

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Darrell Patton, Global News

One man is in custody after a young boy was shot with a pellet gun during a drunken game of shooting pigeons.

Langley RCMP say they were called just before 8 p.m. Tuesday night to a rural property in the 21900 block of 64 Avenue. Police say three men were drinking and shooting pigeons with a pellet gun.

A 12-year-old boy and his father wandered away for a short time. While they were away, the boy was sustained an injury from a pellet gun — requiring the removal of a pellet from his hip area.

The boy’s mother was understandably upset and confronted the boy’s father, who then assaulted her.

The suspect then barricaded himself inside the home, leaving his pellet gun behind. Family members outside left the property and called police.

Police were told there could be other firearms inside the house. They evacuated neighbouring homes and a negotiator was brought in.

The suspect was taken into custody just after 10 p.m. He was released from custody this morning. Crown Counsel will determine if charges are warranted.






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