Que. man faces firearm charge in 'snow rage' case
Published Tuesday, March 11, 2008 5:22PM EDT
A 63-year-old Quebec City man is accused of becoming so furious about his neighbour's snow being blown into his yard that he brandished his firearm.
Local authorities say the man is accused of getting out his 12-gauge shotgun after a snow-removal worker hired by a neighbour blew snow into his yard.
The alleged incident, which occurred Sunday, followed a record-breaking snowfall. It's the second time a snow fight may have turned ugly in Quebec City. In January, a man was charged for choking an elderly neighbour after she blew snow on his lawn.
But police say even they're stunned by the latest allegation.
"It was a storm, all right, a storm in the extreme,'' said Quebec City police Const. Catherine Viel, adding that they've never seen anything like it.
Police allege the man became fed up when a snow-removing contractor accidentally blew the white stuff onto his property. He began yelling and banged on the tractor door with a shovel.
She apologized, but the man allegedly went to his garage and grabbed his shotgun, authorities say. Police say he then took out his gun and pretended to cock it.
She got scared and called police, who arrested the man for negligent use of a firearm. Police also seized about a dozen other weapons from the man's home. He's apparently a gun collector.
The man is expected to appear in court in the coming weeks. Quebec City has broken a 45-year-old snowfall record this winter after receiving 460 centimetres of the white stuff.
With a report from CTV's Jed Kahane