Oliver man arrested after rifle fired inside apartment

An Oliver man suspected of firing a rifle inside his apartment, damaging several neighbouring units, is facing numerous firearms charges.

A second-floor resident was sitting on his coach on Tuesday afternoon told police he heard a loud bang and then noticed the cushion next to him now had a hole in it with stuffing coming out.

Police say the resident believed a shot had been fired from the unit directly below him.

A second resident on third level told police he also heard several bangs and observed pieces of metal on his floor.

Police arrested a man in a lower-floor suite was arrested and say a search of his apartment revealed spent .22-calibre shell casings, a .22 calibre rifle, and small-calibre bullet holes in his ceiling and walls.

“An examination of the middle and top floor units revealed multiple small-calibre holes in the floors and ceilings,” Oliver RCMP Sgt. Blaine Gervais.

Despite the multiple gunshots into the ceiling, Gervais says police do not believe the upstairs tenants had been targeted. “He was just carelessly firing the .22-calibre rifle indiscriminately into his ceiling and walls,” he said.

Daniel Khafizov, 30, has been charged with one count each of careless use of a firearm, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

He is scheduled to appear in Penticton provincial court on Jan. 30.

 

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