Charges have been laid against a Black Diamond man for brandishing what appeared to be a handgun.
Police were notified after an incident around 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in Black Diamond where two youths encountered a man in the Fas Gas parking lot, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Laura Akitt.
When the man drove into the parking lot in his Black dodge truck playing loud music, Akitt said a verbal altercation is alleged to have ensued between the two parties after the youths remarked on the music.
The man proceeded to brandish what the youths later told police appeared to be a black handgun.
“The youth, rightfully so, reported the incident to their parents and we got called,” Akitt said.
Mounties were able to utilize surveillance cameras at a local business in their investigation.
They identified a 28-year-old Black Diamond man, charging him with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace and failure to comply with probation.
As charges have not been formally processed, the man’s name has not been released, but he will appear in Turner Valley Provincial Court on Oct. 26.
The handgun, seized by police, was in fact a pellet gun.
The use of surveillance footage to identify the suspect is a credit to the Capture program, Akitt added, through which residents and businesses may voluntarily register security cameras around their property with Foothills County RCMP (based out of the Turner Valley detachment).
“It just reinforces the Capture program, and we were able to identify that individual,” she said. “It’s awesome coming together like that.
“It’s disappointing that any adult would act like that in front of children, and he’s been charged accordingly.”
For more information about the Capture program, visit www.foothillscapture.ca