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Prince George man charged after firearms seized during traffic stop

The suspect refused to cooperate with police and faces 15 charges
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A Prince George man well-known to police is facing multiple charges after numerous firearms were seized during a traffic stop, including an illegal magazine.

Cpl. Craig Douglass says at roughly 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 15, a member of the Prince George RCMP Street Crew Unit conducted a traffic stop located near 1 Ave. and Ospika Boulevard.

A passenger in the vehicle was found to be breaching probation conditions by being in possession of break-in tools. 

The man was told of his arrest but then refused to cooperate with police.

After a short struggle, he was handcuffed and taken into RCMP custody. 

While searching the suspect, he was found to be in possession of ammunition and more break-in tools.

Rifle magazines were found in the vehicle, one of which was loaded and in close reach of the man. 

Two rifles including a fully loaded SKS style rifle with a prohibited magazine were also discovered in the vehicle. 

Douglass says the vehicle was also seized as part of the investigation while stolen ID and credit cards were also found. 

The B.C. Prosecution Service has approved the following charges against 32-year-old David Michael O'Neill: 

  • Possession of a firearm or ammunition while prohibited (three counts)
  • Transport of a weapon in a careless manner (two counts)
  • Occupy a vehicle knowing there was a firearm present (two counts)
  • Possession of a firearm without a licence (two counts)
  • Knowingly possess a firearm without a licence (two counts) 
  • Fail to comply with probation (two counts)
  • Possession of break-in instruments 
  • Resisting arrest

O'Neill has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance, which is scheduled for Aug. 21. 


Jess Fedigan

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Jess Fedigan graduated from BCIT’s Broadcast and Online Journalism program in 2016 and comes from the Lower Mainland.
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