Two Brandon residents are facing numerous weapons charges after members of the Brandon Police Service (BPS) shut down East Fotheringham Drive earlier this week to conduct a search warrant of a residence.
A BPS media statement released Thursday morning stated the police service’s tactical unit was deployed to execute the warrant “due to the nature of the incident.” The search of the home, which recovered a long gun and firearms parts, followed an investigation into several firearms offences.
A 31-year-old Brandon man was charged for unauthorized possession of firearms, possession of firearms contrary to a prohibition order, possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, and breach of undertaking. A 32-year-old woman was also arrested and charged with unauthorized possession of firearms.
The Brandon Police Service originally released little information about its multi-unit response to an incident on East Fotheringham Drive between 10 p.m. Tuesday night and 2 a.m. Wednesday.
A section of the street between Regent Crescent and Centennial Boulevard was closed to traffic to control the area during the execution of the search warrant on a residence located on the 000 block of East Fotheringham Drive. A witness at the scene reported seeing at least one officer in tactical gear, while others reported seeing police carrying rifles.
The BPS did not immediately release any information on the incident and there was no report of it in the organization’s daily media report on Wednesday morning.
BPS members warned the public about the situation, which occurred in the Riverheights district in West Brandon, via their social media pages at 10:03 p.m. Tuesday and 2:17 a.m. Wednesday.
“BPS is conducting an operation on Fotheringham Dr at this time. Please stay away from this area until further notice,” the first post said. It was followed four hours later by the following: “Please be advised that the BPS operation on E Fotheringham Drive is now concluded. All residents may return home. Thank you for your cooperation.”
The notices appeared on both their Twitter and Facebook pages.