VPD seize replica handgun after man points it at traffic for Instagram video

Jun 30 2020, 4:14 pm

The police don’t care about your clout.

After receiving reports of a man in an orange toque pointing a handgun at a passing car and driving off, police say they stopped the suspect vehicle by placing their patrol car bumper-to-bumper with his.

VPD says the officers drew their guns and demanded the three occupants exit the car.

It was around this time, police say, the driver yelled the gun wasn’t real.

“All the occupants were called out of the vehicle one by one,” the Vancouver Police Department said in a release. “The suspect appeared not to grasp the seriousness of the situation, as he danced and strutted toward officers when he was taken into custody.”

A replica Glock handgun was found during a subsequent search of the vehicle, and police say the occupants of the car said the suspect had “just bought the gun earlier in the day,” and they were “filming a video for their Instagram account.”

“If you are going to point a gun at a car in a heavily populated area in the middle of an afternoon, chances are good the police will be called,” the VPD said in a release.

However, law enforcement said they believe the men now realize how serious their actions were, and the gun was seized with no charges being brought against the man.