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Two firearms incidents in Squamish over two days

RCMP arrest a 48-year-old Winnipeg man in one case

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There were two police cases involving firearms in Squamish over the same number of days, one of which resulted in an arrest, according to a release from police.

RCMP arrested a 48-year-old Winnipeg man on Dec. 13 after staff at a local bar seized a loaded handgun following a confrontation between a group of males at the establishment, officers said.

Police said Stewart Duncan was remanded into custody and appeared in North Vancouver court on Dec. 16.

Duncan is charged with firearms-related offences including unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of a loaded firearm.

In a separate incident on Dec. 12, Squamish RCMP said a woman reported to police she was robbed at gunpoint at around 6 a.m. Police said three males wearing masks and brandishing firearms entered the Third Avenue home, allegedly assaulted a person and took several items.

Before the incident, police said they went to the area around 2 a.m. due to a complaint of a possible break-and-enter to a garage, and a connection between these events is being looked at.

"Firearms related calls in Squamish are rare and to have two in two days is concerning for police and for those in the community," said Sgt. Sascha Banks in the release. "We are extremely lucky no one was seriously injured and we are praising the quick action of the staff on Saturday night when they located the firearm."

Squamish RCMP is now working alongside the Sea to Sky General Investigation Section on the investigations.

No arrests have been made in connection with Thursday's incident, although police believe it is "a targeted event."

Mounties are asking anyone with any information or contacts with Mr. Stewart while he's been in Squamish to call the police at 604-892-6100, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or at solvecrime.ca to remain anonymous.

A version of this story originally appeared in The Squamish Chief on Monday, Dec. 16.