Langley RCMP officers deal with guns and gun crime on a frequent, but not daily basis in their work in the community.
Statistics from 2017 shed some light on how often police deal with guns and gun violence.
In 2017, there were five murders in Langley, all of them shooting deaths.
• Tyrell Michael Sinnott, 20, shot dead April 1 in the parking lot of the Sandman Inn & Suites in Willoughby.
• Tyler Pastuck, 31, shot to death June 9 outside of Brown’s Social House on 62nd Avenue in Langley City.
• Brandy Petrie, a 34-year-old Burnaby woman, and Avery Levely-Flescher, a 20-year-old Surrey man, shot to death Sept. 1 in a Jeep near 232nd Street and 64th Avenue.
• Dai Duong Duong, 21, found shot to death Dec. 7 in the back yard of a Willoughby townhouse.
There were 10 cases of Langley RCMP responding to reports of shots fired during 2017, according to Cpl. Holly Largy, Langley RCMP spokesperson.
Throughout the year, there were 128 police files that involved a firearm being present in some way.
Guns seized/turned over
The Langley RCMP colleced 214 firearms during one year, but that number does not tell the whole story. While some of those guns were seized from suspects, a great many of them were turned over, Largy said. In some cases residents called the RCMP to get rid of old guns they never used any more, or to deal with firearms left behind by deceased relatives. A large number of weapons turned in by a gun collector were a large percentage of the 214 guns.
The RCMP also takes incidents of stolen guns seriously, and recently issued an appeal for tips in the case of four stolen long guns taken from a North Langley property. A Winchester 300, a Winchester 12 gauge pump action shotgun, a Winchester 44 semi-automatic rifle, and a .22 calibre lever action rifle were all taken on Feb. 27. The guns were properly stored and had trigger locks, but the thieves found tools inside the home and breached the gun case.