Two arrested after gunpoint standoff at Echo Room

RCMP arrested two men early Saturday morning after a nine millimeter handgun was pulled out at a Chilliwack night club.

Two men are facing multiple charges after allegedly pulling out a gun in a Chilliwack night club.

RCMP were called to the Echo Room in the 9200 block of Main Street just before 2 a.m. May 22.

Echo Room employees had asked the two men to leave the night club. At that point, police say one of the men pulled out a 9 millimeter handgun and pointed it at the employees.

Both men eventually left the Echo Room, and were found by police a short time later.

Fifty-three year old Edwin (Ted) Shipley had the gun on him when he was arrested. He has been charged with pointing a firearm, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and willfully resisting and obstructing arrest.

Twenty-seven year old Kevin Douthwright has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Both men are from Chilliwack.

Shipley and Douthwright have since been released on court ordered conditions, and now await a future court appearance.

“This incident reflects the value and success of the Chilliwack Bar Watch program,” said RCMP Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen. “This program seeks to exclude persons with affiliations to organized crime or a history of violence, in an effort to maintain the safety and security of patrons and the general public. Participating establishments have ‘Bar Watch’ signage posted to identify their participation. This program helps to ensure that individuals whose behaviour poses a risk to public safety do not bring that risk to these establishments and the innocent patrons present.”

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