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Mountie suspended after gun goes off at home

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

A Langley-based Mountie has been suspended and charged after multiple shots from his service pistol were allegedly fired into the walls of his home.

Const. Michael Roe, of the federal drug enforcement section, was arrested after 9 p.m. Wednesday and charged with careless discharge of a firearm in Surrey Provincial Court.

"He's been suspended pending the further outcome of the charges in front of court, also pending the code of conduct investigation," said RCMP Insp. Amrik Virk.

"This is not an incident of an accidental discharge."

Police were called to respond to a townhouse complex in the 8000 block 209th St. where the officer's service pistol was seized from the scene. He was arrested outside his home.

Virk said there was more than one child present during the alleged shooting.

Roe, 46, has more than two decades experience on the force.

"All RCMP officers are supplied with locking mechanisms and lock boxes they can have in their residences should they be in duty, such that they need their firearm to be on call," Virk said.

They aren't, however, supposed to be loaded unless there's an emergency, he added.

"One charge has been approved . that's not to say that others may not. I don't want to speculate."