Man accused of bringing gun into Vancouver pub was breaching bail: police

Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters in Vancouver, on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver police say a 45-year-old man has been charged after allegedly carrying a gun into a downtown bar this week.

Police were called to the Lennox Pub at the intersection of Granville and Robson streets around 6 p.m. Monday after someone reported seeing the weapon.

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As the man exited the bar, officers fired multiple bean-bag shotgun rounds to arrest him “when he failed to follow police commands and jeopardized public safety,” police said in a media release Wednesday.

Police say a gun was recovered at the scene which has been sent for analysis.

Marcus Phillip Van Schilt has now been charged with possession of a weapon and breaching bail, and is due back in court on Jan. 17.

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Court records show Van Schilt has numerous interactions with the justice system in recent years, including convictions last year for possessing a weapon for dangerous purposes and assault with a weapon.

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