The assault rifle and ammunition seized by RCMP during an arrest in Chilliwack. (Submitted photo)

RCMP seize firearm and ammunition in Chilliwack arrest

Police tracked a stolen vehicle from Abbotsford to Chilliwack and arrested a Mission man.

A Mission man faces two charges after he was found driving an allegedly stolen vehicle in Chilliwack.

The story started in Abbotsford May 1, with members of the Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) Drug Section converging on a residence in the 39000-block of Campbell Road. While there, they noticed a vehicle that was previously reported stolen was parked outside.

They left the vehicle where it was and when 27 year old Kyle Leonard Tournier got behind the wheel, members of the CRU, Lower Mainland District Integrated Police Dog Section and RCMP Air Services followed it to Chilliwack. Tournier drove to the 9200 block of Armitage Street, and when officers approached him he took off running.

He was coralled after a brief chase.

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During the incident, police found what they describe as an assault-style rifle and ammunition (others prefer to call it a WWII-era SKS), and one of the charges Tournier now faces is possession of a firearm while prohibited along with fail to comply with a condition of a release order.

He’ll stay in custody pending a May court date and may face more charges with the RCMP forwarding a report to the BC Prosecutors Service.

“Criminals do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries and cross into communities in the Upper Fraser Valley to commit crime,” said Cpl. Mike Rail, spokesperson for the RCMP’s Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment. “Chilliwack RCMP and law enforcement agencies also cross jurisdictional boundaries to conduct investigations.”

RCMP remind anyone who witnesses anything suspicious to contact their local police agency or phone Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).


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