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Man arrested after shot fired in Colwood

A 28-year-old Langford man is facing firearms charges, after neighbours in a Colwood community reported hearing a gunshot early Thursday evening.
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A 28-year-old Langford man is facing firearms charges, after neighbours in a Colwood community reported hearing a gunshot early Thursday evening. West Shore RCMP and tactical team officers searched a Colwood home Friday afternoon and recovered a firearm associated with the incident.

The home on Desmond Drive is where a man was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, more than four hours after neighours called 911.

The gunshot sparked a massive search for a man believed to have a gun in his waistband.

The Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team as well as four RCMP police dogs and one Saanich police dog were involved in the manhunt.

People who live in the area were asked to remain in their homes, and traffic was diverted from the area.

“We would like to thank the public for their assistance and apologize for any trouble the partial road closure on Desmond Drive may have caused,” West Shore RCMP spokesman Const. Alex Berube said Friday morning. “We would like to ask the public to not touch any firearms or ammunition, should they come across any [near Desmond Drive], and to contact police right away.”

Police planned to interview the man Friday.
Neighbours reported hearing two men shouting, but Berube was not able to say if police have interviewed the other man or give details on what sparked the gunshot.

James Fitzmaurice, who lives on Desmond Drive, said he called 911 just before 6 p.m., when he heard one man yelling at another person, and a shot fired.

“I heard a gunshot and people shouting and swearing in the Havenwood Forest,” he said.
“I only heard one man’s voice. But there must have been more than one from the noise they were making. … It wasn’t one man ranting, but one man shouting at the other. You could hear he was shouting at someone.”

Another neighbour, who didn’t want to give her name, said she also heard yelling.

“I was upstairs and had my window open. I heard, ‘Leave me alone, leave me alone. I’m trying to help you.’