Police have laid charges after a man was seen carrying a .22 caliber rifle in plain sight on the LRT Thursday.


Transit-rider Jackie Scott called police after spotting the unloaded weapon on the LRT. (CBC)

A female passenger on the train called police around 4:30 p.m. to report the male passenger, who was on a northbound train departing from the McKernan/Belgravia station.

Police say they contacted ETS and then moved to intercept the train at Churchill Station.

While police were evacuating the train, they received a second report of a man carrying a rifle a short distance away from the station.

Officers then moved in and arrested the man without incident in an alley near 103rd Avenue and 95th Street.

The rifle was not loaded, and the bolt had been removed.

The 40-year-old man has been charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, careless use of a firearm, failure to comply with a probation order, and outstanding warrants.

Incident won't affect security plan: ETS

Ron Gabruck, director of operational support for Edmonton Transit, said Thursday's incident highlights the need for transit-riders to tell security about suspicious activity.


Ron Gabruck, director of operational support for ETS, says security can't monitor every entrance of the LRT. (CBC)

"When we're hauling upwards of 100,000 people a day on the LRT system, certainly it's an open system. People can walk on and there is a chance that our security folks won't be at every entrance."

Gabruck would not say if changes were made to security following the fatal shooting of Heather Thurier, 23. She was shot with a sawed-off .22-calibre rifle at Stadium LRT in 2010 by Colton Ferguson, who was later found guilty of second-degree murder.

"We always examine every situation and we learn from it," Gabruck told CBC News.

"We can't possibly man every station, every entrance. The costs of that are enormous."