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Surrey guy with loaded firearm in Burnaby purchasing shopping mall arrested and billed

METRO Vancouver Transit Police on Tuesday arrested a man with alleged gang affiliation who was in possession of a loaded firearm in a busy Burnaby browsing shopping mall.

At approximately 3:40 p.m. on May perhaps 18, officers of the Metro Vancouver Transit Law enforcement Criminal offense Suppression Crew stopped suspected gang member Luis Manuel Baez, 25, of Surrey in the parking good deal of Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby for brazenly using tobacco cannabis in a site opposite to the Cannabis Manage and Licensing Act (CCLA).

When talking with officers, Baez, who is properly regarded to police, quickly took off and was equipped to get in the driver’s seat of a automobile parked nearby. There was a brief battle with officers as he attempted to begin the auto. Officers ended up ultimately capable to remove him from the vehicle, but the struggle ongoing.

When hoping to acquire handle of Baez, officers noticed him remove a handgun from his waistband and discard it underneath a parked car or truck. The firearm was a loaded, semi-automatic .45 calibre handgun, according to police.

Baez was arrested and charged with a person depend of obstruction and several firearms offences. He has been remanded in custody. His next court docket physical appearance has nonetheless to be decided.

“Bringing an finish to gang violence is an ongoing concerted effort by all Decrease Mainland municipal and RCMP law enforcement businesses. We are content to have taken another firearm off the streets and out of the hands of an alleged gang member,” mentioned Sgt. Clint Hampton.

You can text Transit Law enforcement immediately and discreetly at 87.77.77 or contact them at 604.515.8300.