Saanich man charged in wake of Sunday’s standoff with police

The suspect involved in the Sunday morning firearms incident in Saanich now faces seven charges

The suspect involved in the Sunday morning firearms incident in Saanich now faces seven charges, including being in possession of a stolen weapon.

Nathan Damien Gauthier was charged this week with possession of a firearm without a licence, careless use of a firearm, unsafe storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, breach of undertaking, assault, and possession of stolen property under $5,000.

Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie says the long gun was stolen from a Victoria residence in 2005.

“We’re not certain the connection between Mr. Gauthier and that incident, but it’s something we’re following up on,” he said.

A domestic violence call to the 3000-block of Earl Grey St. on Sunday resulted in the emergency response team attending, after officers spotted the 26-year-old sleeping with a long gun beside him.

kslavin@saanichnews.com