METRO VANCOUVER - A 48-year-old man has been arrested after police came under fire from a paintball gun in Maple Ridge last night.
The altercation began just after 6 p.m. on Wednesday night during a standoff between a pair of neighbours at a home on 124 Avenue. The suspect had gone into his neighbour's home and was threatening the homeowner, said Ridge Meadows RCMP Staff Sgt. Hector Lee, in a release, noting that they were known to each other.
By the time police arrived, the suspect had left.
The suspect eventually returned to his own home, trailed by police, Lee said. When officers approached, the suspect shot several paintballs forcing the officers to take cover.
After dodging the colourful attack, the officers were able to get at the man and arrested him, Lee said.
"Our officers had great presence of mind in this case," Lee said. "The sounds of a paintball gun, and paintballs hitting is far different than real guns, or bullets. They recognized that fact, made sure of their safety, and then made their approach and arrest. I'm happy to report that no one was injured in this incident, and police have seized the paintball gun, and other weapons."
The suspect is in police custody and makes his first court appearance today. RCMP have recommend charges including several weapons offences, breaking and entering and uttering threats.
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Edited by Bauzer, 22 December 2011 - 10:27 PM.