Teens arrested after police discover cap gun

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WELLINGTON – Police are warning the public of the dangers of carrying toy and replica firearms, especially by adults at night, after officers were forced to make a split second decision here early Sunday morning.

Three teenagers were arrested and detained after an incident at 3:38 a.m., with the 18-year-old driver also now facing charges for impaired operation of a motor vehicle.

Early in the morning, a Prince District officer on patrol noted a vehicle wandering heavily on the highway near Wellington Centre.

The officer stopped the vehicle and approached, at which point he noticed all three in the car appeared to have been drinking.

When the driver moved to obtain his documentation, the officer spotted what he believed was the handle of a revolver tucked under the driver’s seat.

The three were arrested and detained while officers from Summerside Police Service and Prince District RCMP responded to assist.

The vehicle was searched and police ultimately determined the handgun was in fact a cap gun owned by the driver.

“The driver was apologetic and appeared to have had no ill intent,” said police.

However, the driver was still arrested for impaired driving after providing breath samples over the legal limit.

Police said charges will be laid.

Police also stressed the dangers of carrying replica firearms.

“In such situations, officers are forced to make split second decisions which could quickly turn tragic for all those involved.”

Organizations: Wellington Centre, Summerside Police Service

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  • concerned citizen
    June 09, 2014 - 11:45

    These were adults, drunk, prowling around in the wee hours of the morning, with something resembling a handgun in the glove compartment! The warning from the police is well taken. These guys put themselves in a dangerous situation and could have been taken down at gunpoint, which is risky. The headline is misleading as it makes you think they were arrested for possessing a cap gun, when they actually were arrested for very erratic driving because they were drunk. The police done well in this case, got these idiots off the road and kept our steets safe... and here are people criticizing it. wow! The perpetrators need brain transplants cause they are clearly lacking in smarts.

  • retired police
    June 09, 2014 - 07:56

    I am a retired police officer. I have had both real and replica firearms pointed my way... you sometimes can't tell the difference unless they are in your hand. Here's why: they make real guns that look like replicas/toys (even paint on the orange tip, paint them pink camo, etc), and some toy guns to look amazingly real. Until you actually have it in your hand to examine, there is no way to know for certain if it's real or replica. So, we drill it into our officers to treat all guns as though they are real and loaded until in your hand and proven otherwise... that's for their safety and the safety of the public they are sworn to protect. If you think this is wrong, then I challenge you to go do the job, and find out what it's like to have someone shove the barrel of a gun into your face.... I've been there, thought I'd never see my kids and family again, and luckily I am still here to complain about it, and so is the dummy who pointed the gun. I guarantee that experience would change your attitude. So, police aren't over-reacting. Only someone totally void of any ounce of common sense would point anything resembling a gun at the police... that's the height of irresponsibility and stupidity...

  • no google
    June 09, 2014 - 07:20

    Don you sure sound like an angry rent a cop. No one said anything about the cap gun being pointed at anyone and yes I can tell the difference between a cap gun with a orange tip and no hole in the end of the barrel and a real gun. Like Justin said , everyone step back . No need to sensationalize a story about a cap gun under a seat. It was not pointed at anyone.

    • retired police
      June 09, 2014 - 08:26

      there are real guns with painted orange tips, and toy guns without. That is not the determining factor if a gun is real or not... And if you think I'm wrong, would you be willing to bet your life on it?

    • retired cop
      June 09, 2014 - 08:30

      there are real guns with painted orange tips, and toy guns without. That means absolutely nothing. What matters is deadly bullets, and you can't know if there are bullets inside until you physically examine it. And if you think I'm wrong, would you bet your life (or someone else's) on it?? No cop would ever take that chance with your life or theirs.

  • are you serious
    June 09, 2014 - 04:08

    I'm sorry fokes but what are you people thinking. Replica and cap guns now look like real guns. Officers are trained to not take the chance that the gun is fake until they know for sure it is. It is a case of officer safety and for people to think this is just RCMP officers milking the Moncton shooting is just plain crazy. Police officers protect us everyday and this includes protecting themselves when a gun is involved. Good thing this time it was a cap gun but until officers can confirm the weapon is fake they are trained to treat it as the real thing. Why would this person have the cap gun under the driver's seat in the first place? This is a case of stupidity. What is lost in this story is the police getting another drunk driver off our roads keeping them safe for the public to drive on. Thank you to all law enforcement officers that keep us safe and are there for the public in most cases in the worst 15 minutes of our lives.

    • Amanda
      June 09, 2014 - 07:49


  • justin
    June 08, 2014 - 21:37

    I might suggest that the cops also take a step back and take a deep breath. I have noticed the cops and in particular the RCMP are really milking the Moncton incident for all it is worth. You had one nut job with a gun and the police should not be using that a weapon to start profiling everyone else which I believe they are doing. Suddenly everyone is guilty in their eyes and everyone is out to get them. People and the police in particular need to just calm down and step back and breathe and understand that first everyone is NOT guilty and everyone is NOT out to shoot the police. One nut job in one city does not make everyone else guilty.

    • huh
      June 09, 2014 - 06:11

      What are you talking about? "Milking it for all its worth?" "Everyone is now guilty in their eyes"? Its been three days since the Moncton incident. How can you make such assertions in such a short amount of time?

    • SLIPPY
      June 09, 2014 - 09:27

      You are right, how dare they give a hard time to some drunk teens driving around in the middle of the night with a replica gun, let them have their fun. sarcasm fully intended

    • justin
      June 09, 2014 - 12:25

      We are already seeing over reactions by the cops all over the place since the Moncton incident. Like I said they will milk the incident for all it is worth we will see it is requests for laws changes as well as I would imagine when the contract for their services comes up in Moncton they will milk it even more. Police are nothing more then any other public servant they are paid by the taxpayers to do a job. It may be a dangerous job and yes they may get killed but nevertheless they are public servants paid to do a job. If they don't like the idea of getting killed or injured then they should not become police officers. They get paid to deal with society's law breakers and trash if they want a safe less paying job they either get more education and become a doctor or whatever or take less money and become a garbage man or government secretary. However lets not like I said start giving them carte blanche powers because they dealt with one nut job in Moncton and 3 of them were killed. That is what they get paid to do they were just doing the job they get paid to do.

    • SLIPPY
      June 10, 2014 - 12:28

      Ha, you say they are like any other public servant, except you know, they art about getting killed. Also, I cannot remember the last time any other public servant was called out in the middle of the night to deal with rowdy drunks, or someone who had been hit by a drunk driver. No they should not be given carte blanche, that's not what this is about, this is a story about a group who were out already breaking the law, that is not the fault of the officers.

  • same story
    June 08, 2014 - 19:40

    Chris how can people that use a gun everyday not be trained to tell the difference between an plastic cap gun and a real gun. The kid did not have a pellet gun he had a plastic cap gun.

    • gun owner
      June 09, 2014 - 08:37

      and those little plastic cap guns are built to look exactly like a .38 Special snub nose... I know because I used to have one... so the driver knew it was a cap gun, but the officer had no way to know whether it was a .38 snub, until they got to examine it...

    • @ same story
      June 09, 2014 - 08:51

      just fyi... a .38 special snub nose is a handgun. It's clear you don't know much about guns, so I thought it might need some explanation.

  • same story
    June 08, 2014 - 15:44

    Sounds like country boy thinks people should be forced to stare down the barrel of a police gun for having a cap gun ,real intelligent .

    • Sounds like
      June 09, 2014 - 06:38

      Sounds like some brainless armchair quarterbacks on PEI don't have the brains to realize a toy gun can look exactly like a real gun. Some of you heroes should walk a mile in RCMP shoes before you spout off.

  • enough already
    June 08, 2014 - 15:42

    What a phoney headline . The kids was drinking that is why he is arrested ..When the cops get pitiful enough to arrest people for having a cap gun then we will be truly in a police state.

    • Chris
      June 08, 2014 - 18:23

      Please, enough already. We just lost three officers in Moncton. I am a police officer. We are not trained to figure out if it's a real gun or not. As a matter of fact recent gang intelligence tells us gang members will disguise a real gun to look like a cap gun to gain the upper hand on officers. We are trained to react to a threat, and follow a use of force continuum to deal with that threat, up to lethal force. Stop banging on cops and start teaching our kids to act responsibly.

    • don
      June 08, 2014 - 21:45

      chris i agree with you 110%, i would like to see how enough already would react if that was pointed at his face and in his head asking himself is it real or a toy? but if that gun was real and killed a police officer on pei, will enough already be man enough to go to the officers family and tell them there husband, farther etc was murdered. but how would he feel if it was a member of his family. and chris i thank you and the rest of the police officers for all the work you do i know there is good and bad in all jobs. but i worked in security for 21 years and i know it is in way the same a thank less job. but it is the job you wanted and the thing is guys like that whines now but when he needs help or some one broke his face he calls the police. but why if you do not like the police before why call them? enough already what if that nut in NB killed your family you would be calling for the police would you not? if it ever happens to you or your family DO NOT CALL THE POLICE you can deal with it on your own right?

  • country boy
    June 08, 2014 - 13:12

    Although not illegal, be prepared to stare down the barrel of a gun held by a cop, if you carry such toys with you. A cop doesn't know if it's a replica or real at first glance. No cop should ever be criticizer for pulling his gun until verification is made. Don't ever be stupid enough to actually handle this toy near a cop...nough said...

    • don
      June 08, 2014 - 21:52

      i was given a syringe pen years ago and showed it to a police officer and he told if i ever showed that to an other officer i might get a gun pointed at my head so just think what a toy gun could get me?

    • @ don
      June 09, 2014 - 08:39

      because the syringe could be infected with HIV or Hep, which are deadly diseases.... ie> could be a threat to someone's life...