'High-risk takedown' halts handgun-wielding teen at Chicken Daze fest

RCMP stopped a 16-year-old walking around a small-town festival with an air pistol last weekend in a "high-risk takedown."

Springfield teen, 16, in custody on numerous charges, including carrying concealed weapon

A 16-year-old carrying a handgun at a rural Manitoba festival has been arrested on numerous charges. The teenager had previously been reported missing. (CBC)

RCMP stopped a 16-year-old walking around a small-town festival with an air pistol last weekend in what police described as a "high-risk takedown."

Officers patrolling the Chicken Daze festival in Oakbank were told about the youth around 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Police found the boy, from the municipality of Springfield, and he was arrested.

During a search for the youth, officers found a replica handgun concealed in his clothing and determined the firearm is an Airsoft pistol.

He has been detained in jail on charges of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon and several counts of failing to comply with court-imposed conditions.

The youth had previously been reported missing from Winnipeg.

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