UPDATED: Police say garbage can dispute could lead to possible firearms charges

Neighbourly dispute over garbage can could lead to firearms charges
A dispute over garbage cans escalated after a 24-year-old man allegedly pulled a gun on his neighbour. Jules Knox reports.

An Okanagan man could be facing charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at his neighbour over a dispute concerning garbage cans.

RCMP cruisers blocked off Kelowna’s Birch Avenue and Christleton Avenue around 8 a.m. Officers were seen with guns drawn.

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Garbage can dispute
Garbage can dispute

Insp. Paul MacDougall with the Kelowna RCMP says police responded to a report of a man with a firearm.

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Darian Repchuk said she had written a note for her neighbours asking them not to leave their garbage cans in front of her house. She left it taped to the top of their bins on garbage day.

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“It blocks our parking, as well as we’ve continuously had to pick up their garbage because it never makes it in the garbage,” she said.

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She said she then got an alarming call from her husband Friday morning.

“He was getting ready for work, and he said, ‘Honey, I just got a gun pointed at my head’,” Repchuk said.

She rushed home from work to find her home surrounded by police cars.

“This has been blown way out of proportion. A nice conversation, an argument, to get it all dealt with. But having a shotgun pulled?” Repchuk shook her head in disbelief.

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The roads remained blocked off for more than an hour as RCMP dealt with the situation.

Police said a 24-year-old man is in custody and potentially faces charges that include pointing a firearm, uttering threats and careless use of a firearm.

“I want him to get charged. I want him to go to court. I want him gone,” Repchuk said.