Warning issued after private drone spotted over police incident

A private drone being flown over the site of a weekend police operation could have jeopardized officers’ safety by broadcasting live over the Internet, Comox Valley RCMP said.

Police had responded to a call from someone who reported seeing a man with a weapon at a Tull Avenue home. Attempts were made to make contact inside the home, and a negotiator and a police dog were brought to the scene.

There turned out to be two occupants, with one leaving the home and being released about two hours after police arrived. The other came out shortly after and was arrested. An imitation firearm was seized. The man has been released and the investigation is continuing.

Comox Valley RCMP Const. Rob Gardner said having a drone at a possible crime scene is a first for the detachment. “It’s a definitely a concern as far as safety, and everyone’s safety.”

Police will try to find out

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