ON Monday at approximately 12:30 a.m., Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers were on the New Westminster SkyTrain Station platform when they noticed a man stepping off a SkyTrain with a duffle bag in his hand. As the man walked past the officers, they could see a large item protruding from his bag, covered by a jacket.
Officers followed the man to the adjoining bus loop. While speaking with him, officers noticed a large object tucked down the front of his sweatpants. When questioned, the man allegedly stated that it was a pipe and pulled up his shirt, exposing the butt end of a shotgun. The officers immediately arrested the man and safely took him into custody.
A search of the man revealed a dismantled shotgun in the front of his waistband and the remaining shotgun components inside his duffle bag, along with ammunition, brass knuckles and multiple knives.
Arrested and charged with multiple firearms offences and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon is 33-year-old Codty-James Pearce Gray of no fixed address. He is known to police. Pearce Gray has been remanded in custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 16 at New Westminster Law Courts.
Transit Police say the transit system is no place for firearms or weapons. If you see something suspicious or if you feel unsafe, contact Metro Vancouver Transit Police. Text them directly and discreetly at 87.77.77 or call 604.515.8300.