’Violent’ suspect sought after police respond in force to handgun incident on 27th Ave. – Vernon News

‘Violent’ suspect sought

A suspect is wanted for assault, uttering threats and a number of firearms-related offences after police surrounded a building in the 3700-block of 27th Ave. Saturday.

Frontline officers from the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP responded at approximately 2 p.m. July 23rd after a woman reported an altercation had taken place between her and a man who allegedly pointed a handgun at her.

The incident happened in the parking lot of an apartment building and ended when the man walked away. The victim was then able to call 911.

Members of the RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team and the RCMP Police Dog Service were deployed to assist Vernon Mounties in searching for the man who was possibly still in possession of the weapon.

A nearby neighbour told Castanet the police seem to be focusing on the Tamarack building. Residents of the building were not allowed back inside until police cleared the scene.

Despite an exhaustive search, the police were not able to find the suspect.

They are asking for the public’s help in locating 47-year-old Michael Hans Bopfinger. He’s described as 5’9” (177cm) tall, 300 pounds (136kg), with a shaved head, full beard and blue eyes.

RCMP stress that Mr Bopfinger is considered violent and should not be approached. If you locate him, please contact the police by calling 911.

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