Possible illegal possession of firearm, Criminal Investigation Unit to investigate further

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Brandon Police Service Media Release

Late on Tuesday morning, Police received a report that a previously reported runaway youth had been in contact with her care providers via text messaging. During the exchange of messages the youth sent a picture showing an assault rifle, which appeared to be laying on a bed in a hotel room. It was determined that the youth was at a west end hotel and in the company of several adults. The youth and two adult males were located in a vehicle on the hotel property and were detained. Subsequent investigation revealed that there was no firearm present and that the youth had taken the picture from a social media page, sending it to the caregivers while inferring that the events were current. Further investigation is being conducted by the Criminal Investigation Unit.