Police arsenal deployed to avoid potentially violent situation: Mounties

Langley RCMP arrest armed Vancouver man after Tasering him on side street

  • Jul. 2, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Various police units, including a helicopter and dog team, were called in to help arrest a potentially armed suspect in Willoughby on June 24. (Black Press Media files)

A police helicopter and dog were deployed. Langley’s strike force and general duty members pitched in. And the combined forces gang unit, and integrated road safety teams were dispatched.

Police of all types came together in Willoughby recently, converging on a vehicle and its sleeping occupant.

Prepared for what could have been a potentially violent situation, Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy reports that an arrest was made without a serious incident.

It started just after noon on Wednesday, June 24, when Langley Mounties received a report of an erratic driver travelling east on the Trans-Canada Highway.

READ MORE: Langley RCMP, canine units, and ERT descend on home in Aldergrove

A short time later, a male was discovered sleeping in a Mazda Protege in the 19800-block of 86th Avenue.

Turned out the licence plates on the vehicle was stolen from Surrey and the vehicle was possibly associated to a Vancouver investigation where the occupant was seen with a handgun.

So, a plan was devised to safely arrest the suspect inside the car, which included participation of the various police teams.

“Police vehicles were strategically parked to block the driver from fleeing and distraction devices were deployed by CFSEU that were ineffective in waking the driver,” Largy explained.

“The passenger side window was broken and the Taser deployed. The suspect was eventually compliant and taken into custody,” she said.

A search of the vehicle revealed a black CO2-powered handgun capable of shooting rubber rounds, a long hunting knife, a substance believed to be cocaine, a stun gun, and credit card information belonging to various people.

Langley’s strike force has taken over the investigation, Largy said, noting that the coordinated efforts of all the teams ensured the arrested ended in a “safe and sucessful manner.”

Andy Emre Gencoglu, a 19 Vancouver man, faces charges of possession of a prohibited weapon, one count of possession of an imitation weapon dangerous to the public peace, plus possession of identity documents relating to another person.

Gencoglu has been remanded in custody and is set to appear in Surrey Provincial Court on Friday, July 3.

.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: news@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

LangleyLangley RCMPVancouver

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Body discovered in suspected arson on Mission property

IHIT investigating, asking for witnesses, dashcam footage

Mission RCMP block off Welton Street, evacuate building after report of a suspicious package

According to the District of Mission, the bomb squad has been called in

Body discovered inside burnt building in Mission, arson suspected

Entrance to Gunn Avenue property was cordoned off while IHIT investigated

INSIDE THE MISSION RCMP: A constant cycle of information

Part one in a five-part series on the Mission RCMP detachment

VIDEO: Virtual Abbotsford International Airshow debuts online

2020 edition of the event moves to a virtual format in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. records 30-50 new COVID-19 cases a day over weekend, no new deaths

Many of those testing positive were identified by contact tracing for being linked to other confirmed infections

Five B.C. First Nations call out Canada for ‘discriminatory’ food fish practices

West Coast nations say government ignoring court-won right to chinook and coho

Salmon arrive in larger numbers at Big Bar landslide

Arrival follows historic hihg-water levels that halted migration runs

Rent-relief program becomes new front in fight between Liberals, opposition

Opposition trying to draw parallels between decision to have Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. run program and the WE controversy

Ottawa sets minimum unemployment rate at 13.1% for EI calculation

Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate was 10.9 per cent in July

$45K in donations received after couple’s sudden death in Tulameen

Sarah MacDermid, 31, and Casey Bussiere, 37, died August long weekend

COVID-19 exposure at Surrey rave prompts warning from Fraser Health

Party was held at Royal Beauty Supply in Whalley

Famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer brings movements of joy to Long Beach

Internet-famous dancer is exploring Vancouver Island, visiting the B.C. Legislature and more

Most Read