A man and a woman are in police custody after they allegedly drove into a police-only parking lot with a shotgun in the front seat.
The investigation that resulted in the arrest of two people, the recovery of a stolen and loaded firearm, and the seizure of a shotgun and ammunition, began around 10:20 p.m. Monday (Feb. 15), when a police officer saw a black Mercedes driving the wrong way down Columbia Street.
Police attempted to pull the vehicle over, but it didn’t stop and instead slowed down and continued driving before entering the ‘Police Only’ parking lot, where officers were able to block it inside.
The occupants, a man and a woman, were commanded out of the vehicle by police.
Upon removing the woman from the passenger side, police saw a shotgun in the front seat. Ammunition was located nearby the shotgun and a stolen, loaded rifle was recovered during a search of the vehicle.
Both people were arrested and found to be wanted on outstanding warrants.
Napoleon James Tallthunderboy Ross, 32 of Kamloops, is charged with failing to stop a motor vehicle while being pursued by police, as well as driving dangerously.
Lanaesha Sha’Lynn Paul-Paquette, 23, of Kamloops, and Ross are both charged with transporting and storing a firearm in a manner contrary to the Firearms Act and Criminal Code, and occupying a vehicle knowing there was a firearm or prohibited ammunition in the vehicle.
They were to appear in court later this afternoon.