Modified gun police seized in Whalley. (Surrey RCMP photo)

Modified gun police seized in Whalley. (Surrey RCMP photo)

Surrey RCMP seize doctored SKS rifle

Reginald Bitternose, 43, has been charged with four offences related to the illegal possession of a firearm

Police say multiple charges have been laid against a man allegedly found possessing a modified semi-automatic rifle in Whalley.

Surrey RCMP Corporal Joanie Sidhu said a Mountie on patrol came across a stopped taxi with its hazard lights on at 105A Avenue and King George Boulevard. This was shortly after 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 7.

She said the taxi driver was “struggling to deal with an intoxicated man in the rear seat of the taxi. The officer assisted and ultimately arrested the man for causing a disturbance and public intoxication.

“As the investigation progressed, the officer located and seized a modified SKS rifle (semi-automatic carbine) in the man’s belongings.”

Reginald Bitternose, 43, has been charged with four offences related to the illegal possession of a firearm.

Superintendent Manly Burleigh noted that what began as an offer to assist a cab driver with his hazards on turned into the seizure of a high-powered firearm. “Our frontline officers are trained in quickly adapting their response based on changing circumstances. I am glad they were able to resolve this situation without anyone getting hurt,” Burleigh said.

Sidhu said the high-powered gun is “unique” and “not something that you see all the time.

“It’s not something that we seize often, it’s not the typical gun we seize.”



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