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One arrested and firearms seized during traffic stop…

PRINCE GEORGE, BC: A man well-known to police is in custody and facing multiple firearms charges following a recent vehicle stop in our community.

At approximately 12:30 AM on the morning of Thursday August 15th, 2019, a member of the Prince George RCMP’s Street Crew Unit conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle near 1st Avenue and Ospika Boulevard in Prince George.

During the traffic stop, a passenger in the vehicle was found to be breaching the conditions of his probation, by being in possession of break-in tools. The adult male was advised of his arrest, but refused to cooperate with officers. After a brief struggle, the man was handcuffed and taken into custody.

A search of the man found him in possession of ammunition and more break-in tools. A search of the vehicle found rifle magazines, one of which was loaded, within reach of the suspect. Two rifles including a fully loaded rifles with a prohibited magazine, were also found in the vehicle. The vehicle was seized as part of the investigation. Several more items including stolen identification and credit cards were found.

The BC Prosecution Service has approved the following Criminal Code charges against 32 year-old David Michael O’Neill of Prince George:

  • Transport a weapon in a careless manner (2 counts)
  • Occupy a vehicle knowing there was a firearm in the vehicle (2 counts)
  • Possession of a firearm without a licence (2 counts)
  • Knowingly possess a firearm without a licence (2 counts)
  • Possession of break-in instruments
  • Resist arrest
  • Possession of a firearm or ammunition while prohibited (3 counts)
  • Fail to comply with probation (2 counts)

O’Neill has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance scheduled for Wednesday August 21, 2019.

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