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Police arrest man found in Abbotsford, B.C. airport with loaded rifle

Suspect had interaction with workers at car-rental outlet


ABBOTSFORD, B.C. (The Canadian Press) — Police in Abbotsford, B.C. say a man has been arrested after being found in an airport washroom with a loaded rifle.

Const. Ian MacDonald with the Abbotsford Police Department says the man had an interaction with staff at a car-rental kiosk that caused airport staff to call police on Sunday afternoon.

He says the man had a rifle bag over his shoulder during the interaction.

Police responded and found a 28-year-old man with a loaded SKS rifle and ammunition in an airport washroom.

MacDonald says the man was taken into custody without incident and police are planning to recommend weapons-related charges.

He says the airport was never fully closed during the incident, but police did lock the building’s front doors during the arrest.

“Anytime you have somebody with a loaded gun in an international airport, it’s very concerning,” MacDonald says. “But I think because of the good relationship between the airport and the police, we were able to get in there and effect the arrest.”

The rifle is a semi-automatic weapon that was used by the former Soviet Union and its allies.

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