Threats to shoot up the Kopper King lead to arrest

A resident of Whitehorse is facing 15 charges after being taken into custody shortly after midnight on April 1.

A resident of Whitehorse is facing 15 charges after being taken into custody shortly after midnight on April 1.

The man had apparently been in and out of the Kopper King pub since late afternoon on Thursday, becoming more rude and aggressive to other customers as the night progressed.

At about 10 p.m., he was asked to leave, but was said to have returned to the bar from the nearby trailer park several times over the next two hours.

Witnesses say he was spotted rashly driving his car around the area and picking fights with patrons standing outside the bar.

Eventually, he left again after threatening to return with a gun.

A customer called the police.

RCMP officers found the man sitting inside his vehicle in the parking lot, according to a police release.

He was arrested and a search discovered a loaded .357-calibre handgun and ammunition, as well as approximately 150 grams of marijuana.

“It was very fortunate that no one was injured and that our officers were able to quickly arrest this person,” said Sgt. Don Rogers in the release.

Jody Rousselle is scheduled to appear in court today.

He faces 15 charges including possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, refusal to provide a breath sample, uttering threats, impaired driving and assault with a weapon, among others.

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