VPD seize "large stash" of weapons from inside a tent at Oppenheimer Park

Feb 27 2020, 2:02 pm

A 911 call to Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park on Tuesday evening resulted in the seizure of nine guns, a small quantity of drugs, and “multiple weapons,” said Vancouver Police.

“This is a unique seizure because of the size of the stash of weapons in this one location,” said VPD Sgt. Aaron Roed.

According to police, the seizure came about after police responded to the emergency call about a domestic dispute in progress in the park, happening inside a tent.

Upon their arrival, officers discovered the weapons “lying in plain view” inside the tent.

Some of the items seized from inside the tent. (VPD)

Roed said police believe the tent where the items were found is a shared or communal tent to which many people have access. A single occupant has not been identified.

In the meantime, all of the weapons have been seized, and the guns that were seized are being analyzed by the VPD to confirm if they are replicas or real.

Some of the items seized from inside the tent. (VPD)

Police said the remaining weapons and drugs are in police custody and will be destroyed.

“We are working with the community to keep the neighbourhood safe,” said Roed. “Taking these weapons off the streets is another step in the right direction.”

Some of the items seized from inside the tent. (VPD)

In total, police said the items that were sized included:

  • One airsoft Glock handgun;
  • One SKS rifle;
  • One airsoft AR-15;
  • Two 6mm cal. orange handguns;
  • One silver revolver
  • Suspected replica Uzi;
  • Suspected replica rifle receiver;
  • One rifle butt stock sawed off;
  • Seven cans of bear spray;
  • One compound hunting bow;
  • Over 30 knives;
  • Two machetes;
  • Two axes;
  • Two smoke grenades;
  • Two smoke bombs;
  • One pair of handcuffs;
  • Various shotgun shells and rifle ammunition;
  • Over a dozen propane tanks;
  • Drugs, including powders, pills and liquids;
  • Multiple bicycles.

In the wake of this seizure, Roed said police “will continue providing a presence, keeping the peace, and ensuring public safety for the park and surrounding neighbourhood.”