Residents living in a quiet Port Moody neighbourhood likely got a bit of scare after a woman was seen brandishing a shotgun on the balcony of a home.
Port Moody police were called to the home in the 200 block of Angela Drive Friday after 4 p.m. to a report of a woman pointing a shotgun and yelling at two other women in a vehicle.
While police were on their way, the vehicle left the house, while the suspect went back inside.
However, due to the seriousness of the situation, police shut down the area to traffic.
Eventually, the woman came out of the house without incident and was arrested.
She was taken into custody for pointing a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Officers searched the house and found a 12-gauge shotgun under the bed in the master bedroom. The woman's 25year-old daughter claimed ownership of the firearm, but the shotgun was seized for public safety. Police believe the entire incident stems from an ongoing family dispute.
"Every family has arguments and disagreements, but to get to the point where you're pointing a shotgun at someone goes beyond rational thinking," said Port Moody police spokesman Const.
Luke Van Winkel. "Everyone involved is quite fortunate this incident didn't end tragically."
The 47-year-old woman, who was not identified, was taken to hospital under the Mental Health Act, but released on a promise to appear in court.