Bizarre Saturday incident involving pellet gun shuts down Vernon streets

A bizarre incident on a busy Vernon road Saturday resulted in the arrest of a woman well-known to police.

A bizarre incident on a busy Vernon road Saturday resulted in the arrest of a woman well-known to police.

Vernon RCMP and a police service dog unit responded to a call at 1:15 p.m. of a report of a woman suffering from an apparent psychotic episode.

“The woman was spotted carrying and pointing a rifle in the 3200 block of 27th Street,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk Monday morning.

Concerned citizens told police that the suspect went to a residence in the 3300 block of 26th Street.

Police were also informed that one person had been hit by a pellet shot from the woman’s gun. The person hit was not seriously injured as they were wearing heavy clothing at the time.

“Several streets were blocked by police while they determined exactly what they were dealing with,” said Molendyk of the incident.

A 51-year-old woman who has had a number of contacts with police was arrested with the assistance of the police dog at the door to her residence.

Shortly after that, a pellet gun was located and seized by police.

The suspect is being held in custody with charges of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, assault with a weapon and uttering threats being considered.