Man arrested after Trail police follow sound of gunshots to find sawed-off shotgun, drugs

Sawed-off shotgun found

One man is facing several criminal charges after Mounties responded to the sound of gunshots coming from a rural property near Trail, arriving to find him allegedly holding a sawed-off shotgun.

According to police, on Jan. 24 just before 1 p.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP officers arrived at a property in the 1300-block of Highway 3B in Warfield, B.C. after hearing the sound of several gunshots.

In a news release, RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich said officers found three men standing outside a residence, one of whom was allegedly holding a sawed-off shotgun.

According to police, the 40-year-old man admitted to the officers that he had fired the gun, and that he didn’t have a firearm license allowing him to have the weapon.

“The man was cooperative with police and turned over the shotgun immediately,” Wicentowich said.

According to RCMP, officers noted the gun was considered prohibited as its length was too short to legally possess, and the man was arrested.

Officers conducted a search and also found ammunition, body armour, and substances believed to be fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine.

“The subsequent investigation yielded a significant amount of what was believed to be illicit drugs and some body armour,” Wicentowich said.

“It is a lot easier for the police to enforce the law when the accused does something to attract our attention such as in this incident.”

According to police, officers discovered the man, identified as William David Tyler, also had an outstanding warrant for previously failing to attend court on another criminal charge.

Tyler was taken into custody at the Trail detachment, appeared before a judge and was released on several conditions.

Mounties said Tyler has an upcoming court date, and will be facing several criminal charges including possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a firearm without a valid firearms license, possession of body armour without a permit, and three counts of possession of controlled substances.

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