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Man arrested at West Vancouver mall over replica gun ‘indistinguishable from a real firearm’

West Vancouver police are warning the public they treat all firearms calls as real until they can prove the gun is not a threat. .
West Vancouver police are warning the public they treat all firearms calls as real until they can prove the gun is not a threat. . West Vancouver police

West Vancouver police briefly arrested a 21-year-old man at the Park Royal Mall Monday after he was found in possession of a replica firearm.

Police said they were called to the mall around 5:30 p.m. to reports of a man taking a handgun out of his jacket.

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Officers found the man inside the mall and took him into custody at gunpoint.

Police quickly discovered the man was in possession of a replica weapon and released him at the scene.

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“In this case the replica in question was almost indistinguishable from a real firearm,” police said in a media release.

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It’s the latest case of police being called due to a realistic-looking weapon.

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Police are reminding the public that they take all firearm related calls seriously and that officers will treat every firearm as real until they can prove it is not.