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Update: Drunk gangster busted with loaded gun

Update 4:10 p.m. Grant V. Lewis, 28, has been identified as the man arrested early Wednesday morning outside Doc Willoughby's. Lewis appeared in Kelowna Court Wednesday charged with Occupying a Motor Vehicle with a Firearm, Possession of a Restricted unregistered Firearm, Possession of a Weapon (Firearm) for a Dangerous Purpose, Possession of a Loaded Restricted Firearm and Possession of a Firearm while Prohibited. 

Dave Willoughby, owner of Doc Willoughby's, says Lewis was not in his establishment, adding he appeared to be confused.

 

A man with out-of-province gang connections was arrested in downtown Kelowna early Wednesday morning.

On August 24, at approximately 2:26 a.m., the Kelowna RCMP were advised of a disturbance call in the 300 block of Bernard Avenue.

"Upon arrival the RCMP received information that a large white male had been standing on the sidewalk with what appeared to be a handgun in his pants and his shirt pulled up over the lower half of his face," says RCMP Staff Sgt. Terry McLachlan.

McLachlan says the male had reportedly been in an altercation with patrons in a bar and stated that he was waiting for someone to come out of the bar.

"The male was reported to have departed in a white SUV. When RCMP members arrived, the described white SUV was not seen."

Officers spotted a similar white SUV across the street with the suspect inside.

"The 29-year-old intoxicated male was taken into custody and a loaded .45 calibre handgun was seized from the white SUV."

McLachlan says the male is affiliated with organized crime in Edmonton, Alberta, and has an existing warrant from there.

The male will be appearing in Kelowna Provincial Court Wednesday, August 24, to face weapons-related charges.

Castanet's Kelly Hayes reports.



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