Loaded handgun seized after police wake man in stolen vehicle

West Shore RCMP seized a loaded handgun during an arrest of a man found unconscious in a stolen vehicle in Colwood on Saturday.

Police received a complaint that the man was unconscious in the driver’s seat of a stolen black Mercedes Benz coup on Six Mile Road near Atkins Avenue. Officers confirmed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Duncan on July 18.

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Officers say when they woke the man and attempted to arrest him, he began to fight and a loaded 9mm handgun fell out of his waistband. Officers arrested him and seized the gun.

No shots were fired by either the suspect or police. One officer sustained a hand injury in the struggle.

James Wilkinson, 33, has been charged with six offences, including several firearms-related offences and possession of property obtained by crime for the stolen car.

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