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Boa constrictor, weapons seized from Oppenheimer park by Vancouver police

Vancouver police officers have seized an eight-foot boa constrictor and multiple weapons from a tent at the Oppenheimer park encampment in Vancouver.

Officers found the eight-foot boa constrictor and multiple weapons in a tent

Vancouver police officers seized this eight-foot boa constrictor from a tent in Oppenheimer park on May 8, 2020. (Vancouver Police Department)

Police have seized an eight-foot boa constrictor and multiple weapons after responding to a 911 call about a fight at the Oppenheimer park encampment in Vancouver.

Const. Tania Visintin says officers found the snake in a tent at Oppenheimer Park after a report about a man using a machete in the fight.

Visintin says every call in policing is different, but officers will never forget this one.

She says by the time police arrived the suspects involved in the fight had dispersed, but witnesses directed officers to a tent.

Vancouver police officers found multiple weapons in Oppenheimer park on May 8, 2020, including a loaded shotgun, a crossbow, knives, three machetes, two axes, a baton, two wooden clubs with nails and a baseball bat. (Vancouver Police Department)

Visintin says it contained multiple weapons in plain sight, including a loaded shotgun, a crossbow, knives, three machetes, two axes, a baton, two wooden clubs with nails and a baseball bat.

"It was shocking for officers to find the snake, but the number of weapons they discovered is also very concerning," said Visintin in a written statement.

One suspect is in custody in connection with the fight and staff from the city's animal services department have taken possession of the snake.

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