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Two people arrested at gunpoint

Update - 11:30 a.m.

Kelowna RCMP say no charges were laid after officers discovered the 'weapons' in question were actually air soft guns that were recently purchased.


Original story - 10:30 a.m.

An arrest in West Kelowna Tuesday night got the attention of shoppers at the Westbank Towne Centre Mall after two young adults were ordered out of a vehicle at gunpoint.

Sources say a man and a woman were sitting inside a vehicle parked out front of the government liquor store and brandishing a gun, around 7p.m. last night.

“There was a green pickup truck and two teenagers in the back seat, in plain view, that had a large caliber handgun,” says Jordan, who did not want to provide his last name.

“I made eye contact with them, then just put my head down and kept going.”

He says the gun appeared to be either a .44 caliber or .357 Magnum, but Jordan is not sure if it was real, conceding that it may have been a replica handgun.

After getting into his vehicle, Jordan says he noticed a marked RCMP vehicle across the parking lot and drove over to inform the officers of what he saw. He says they told him they were aware of the situation and were ‘all over it’.

Less than one minute later, he says it was as if every RCMP member of West Kelowna descended on the scene and the two people were taken down at gunpoint.

“I saw a male and female being arrested. They were probably in their late teens, early 20’s,” he says.

“It’s not the kind of thing you see here everyday in (West) Kelowna. It was your typical police walkout, ‘Hands up’, ‘Walk back towards my voice’ type of thing.”

Jordan also says three occupants in another vehicle that parked beside the original truck were also ordered out, but he does not know if those people were arrested as well.

Calls to the RCMP have yet to be returned, but employees at Starbucks and The Dollar Store also confirm a police incident with one person commenting that half a dozen RCMP vehicles were on scene and ‘lit up the night sky’.

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