Irate rider pulls handgun on Kelowna bus driver
Police looking for witnesses as transit company and Liberal MP seeks Criminal Code reform
Police are still trying to track down a man who allegedly pointed a handgun at a Kelowna bus driver, told the driver he would kill him, and pulled the trigger — making audible 'click' sounds.
Kelowna RCMP says the alleged threat happened on Wednesday at around 11 p.m. PT, when the last bus of the night on the 11 Rutland route reached the McCurdy Road East and Craig Road stop.
When the bus driver said they'd reached the end of the line, the sole remaining passenger became enraged.
He got off the bus and began walking away, but turned back and confronted the bus driver with a handgun.
"The man allegedly pulled the trigger several times, producing an audible 'click,' and told the driver he would kill him," Const. Kris Clark said in a written statement.
The man then ran off south on Craig Road.
- Approx. 45 years old
- 5'8" tall
- Dark, wavy, short hair
- Wearing denim jacket, blue jeans
Source: Kelowna RCMP
Police say two women who were on the bus early that night might be able to assist police in identifying the suspect, and anyone with information on the suspect or the events of Wednesday night are asked to call police.
B.C. Transit spokeswoman Meribeth Burton said the driver is still recovering from the ordeal, which is believed to be the first of its kind in B.C. involving a bus driver.
Burton also said B.C. Transit is supporting Liberal MP Ralph Goodale's private member's bill before the House of Commons calling for stiffer penalties for people who assault bus drivers.