Two men have been arrested by Surrey RCMP following an incident near a secondary school in Cloverdale today.
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According to police, the incident began at around 12:30 pm, when officers responded to a residence in the 6100 block of 180 Street, after receiving reports of a possible firearm sighting from a member of the public.
Due to its close proximity, a nearby secondary school was placed on a “hold and secure,” but police stressed the incident was not associated to the school.
Officers located and arrested two adult males and determined that the observed firearm was an airsoft gun.
“Many pellet guns and airsoft pistols are meant to closely resemble actual firearms,” said RCMP Cpl. Elenore Sturko in a statement. “Our officers respond to all firearms calls as if the firearm is real, and treat the potential threat as such until proven otherwise.”
In light of this latest event, Sturko said police “strongly caution” people against carrying or handling these types of weapons in public.
Thus far, no charges have been laid in this latest incident, but police said the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with any further information to offer is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. Those who wish to make an anonymous report can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave a tip online.