Calgary, AB,

Man arrested with loaded gun in restaurant

The Calgary Police Service Gang Suppression Team has arrested a man after locating him inside a restaurant with a loaded handgun on the weekend.

During routine patrols, just after midnight on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, the GST entered a restaurant located in the 2400 block of 4 Street S.W. Officers asked to speak to a man at a table with a group of individuals. When the man stood up and moved away from the table, officers observed a handgun on the seat where the man had been sitting.

It was later determined to be a loaded Browning 1911 .22-caliber handgun that had been reported stolen from Golden, B.C. A photo of the seized gun is available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.

Tommy Tran NGUYEN, 28, of Chestermere, has been charged with carrying a firearm in a careless manner, carrying a concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, possession of restricted/prohibited firearm with ammunition, possession of a weapon obtained by crime and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

The Gang Suppression Team (GST) is an overt uniform presence in the suppression of gang violence and the disruption of organized crime activities amongst known and emerging criminals. The GST enforces the Gaming and Liquor Act to ensure public safety by mitigating the potential for violence in and around licensed establishments. They also support the crime reduction efforts of all units in the CPS by providing a heightened level of skill and expertise in dealing with high risk activities associated to organized crime. This mandate is designed to assist front line policing in the reduction of violent calls for service.

In 2017, GST conducted 2,349 licenced premise walkthroughs, and ejected individuals from those premises on 162 occasions under the provincial legislation.