Tony Gillis Green, 55, faces numerous charges after he allegedly pointed a pistol at an off-duty officer and police searched of his home.
Mounties in Campbell River say they have seized more than 100 weapons from the home of a man who pointed a pistol at an off-duty officer.
Tony Gillis Green, 55, faces numerous charges after police launched a four-day search of his Vancouver Island home and removed three pickup truckloads of guns, ammunition and prohibited devices, Campbell River RCMP Cpl. Ron Vlooswyk said in a news release.
Green was arrested Jan. 28. An off-duty RCMP officer was in Beaver Lodge Forest Lands riding a bike that morning, accompanied by his dog, when he passed Green, who was also walking his dog, according to RCMP.
When the officer later arrived at a parking lot, he heard Green calling for his dog and went back into the trails to help Green find the missing pet.
Green had become enraged about his missing dog and allegedly pulled out a pistol, and pointed it at the officer, Vlooswyk said. The officer got away and called 911.
Police later stopped and arrested Green without incident and seized a handgun and ammunition from his car.
That night, RCMP executed a search warrant at Green’s home where they found more than 100 guns, including handguns, shotguns and “assault-style” rifles, Vlooswyk said.
“Many were prohibited firearms such as a World War II Bren machine gun with a tripod. Investigators also located what can be described as homemade silencers, zip guns, prohibited over-capacity magazines and untraceable firearms,” he said.
“None of the firearms or devices were locked, none were stored properly and some were found loaded. High explosives, detonators and detonator cords were likewise removed from the house.”
The search was delayed when the RCMP explosives disposal unit was called in to remove explosives from Green’s home, but concluded Jan. 31.
Green remains in custody and is back in court Tuesday.
Online court records show that, stemming from the Jan. 28 incident, he faces seven charges including possessing a firearm where not allowed, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of possessing an unauthorized non-firearm, storage of a firearm contrary to regulation, and carrying a weapon or prohibited device or ammo that is concealed.
“In addition to the charges already laid, we will be recommending numerous serious firearm charges for consideration by Crown counsel,” Vlooswyk said.
“Every prohibited device, every firearm not properly stored can be considered an individual offence.”
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