Heated argument over parking in Port Coquitlam leads to charges

An argument outside a Port Coquitlam townhouse complex Sunday night ended with one person under investigation for firing an unknown weapon.

According to police, shortly after 6 p.m., two men were fighting over a parking issue outside the complex in the 2500-block of Shaftsbury Place. The "heated argument" drew several more people outside, including one resident who didn't appreciate all the ruckus.

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The man fired three shots in the air in an attempt to break up the fight; he was taken in to custody when Coquitlam RCMP arrived.

"Early reports are that it was potentially a bear banger but police are continuing to investigate," said Const. Jamie Phillipson.

In other police news:

A hit and run on Friday night in Port Coquitlam may result in several charges for one man.

Shortly before 8 p.m., a man in a Ford pick-up truck hit two vehicles and smashed into a wall in the 2500-block of Mary Hill Road. There was minor damage but the suspect fled, then forced his way into a Honda Civic in the intersection of Shaughnessy Street and Atkins Avenue.

Const. Jamie Phillipson said investigators have identified a possible suspect based on vehicle registration but are awaiting further identification from witnesses.

The investigation is ongoing, with possible charges against the suspect including robbery and failing to remain at the scene of a collision.

The Civic was also seized for forensic examination.

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