Pistol ‘prank’ frightens senior

Aldergrove man almost had a heart attack when an adolescent boy pulled a pistol, pointed at him at point blank range and pulled the trigger

A senior Aldergrove man almost had a heart attack when an adolescent boy pulled a pistol, pointed it at him at point blank range and pulled the trigger, Sunday afternoon.

Don Fowler said the “prank” incident was entirely unprovoked and unexpected, and was not at all funny.

Fowler had been driving his pickup truck west on 32 Avenue about 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 when he spied three young boys between the ages of 11 and 14, crossing the road ahead of him in the 26800-block.

Two of the boys continued crossing from south to north in the middle of the block but Fowler stopped his truck when he noticed that one boy had stopped walking when he was in the middle of the road and stood still on the solid yellow line.

“Not knowing what his plans were I slowed right down in case he ran in front of me,” said Fowler. “It was raining and the streets were wet. I pulled up very slowly and put my window down to ask if he was OK.”

It was then that the boy lifted his hands up, holding a Colt-type black pistol from about two feet away from Fowler’s face.

“He pointed this gun right at my face. I could see the barrel was big enough to be a .22 revolver,” said Fowler. “He started pulling the trigger and I started to duck when I heard three snaps from a very real looking cap gun.”

Fowler said the boy and his friends were laughing as he pulled away and drove a block and a half before stopping to catch his breath and let his pounding heart slow down before calling Langley RCMP.

Fowler, who has been taken to hospital twice this year because of his heart condition, said police did follow up but so far have no suspects in the case.

“I know this is not an earth-shattering incident but to me it might have been,” said Fowler.

“But to the young fellow and his two young buddies jumping up and down and laughing on the side of the road, that sure was funny.”

Just Posted

Serial killer Robert Pickton transferred to Quebec: victim’s family

Pickton was convicted in December 2007 of six counts of second degree murder

Illness and injury leaving many Abbotsford firefighters unable to work

More than 20 firefighters missed time due to long-term illness or injury last year

Mouat’s Benning signs with UFV wrestling

Benning one of 10 new recruits inked for the fall

Donation of more than $20,000 supports Shine On Legacy Fund

Fund created in memory of Abbotsford Police Const. John Davidson

UPDATE: Fire destroys Chilliwack restaurant

Popular Banners Restaurant goes up in flames Sunday morning.

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

Man facing charges after baby food stolen from Richmond doorstep

A 40-year-old man is facing several charges

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Murder of Paul Bennett – a respected Peace Arch Hospital worker and ‘champion of sport’ – ‘not random’

10 of TransLink’s most used SkyTrain routes

TransLink released its 2017 Transit Network Performance Review, offering snapshot of ridership

Serial speeder clocked going 138 km/hr in 90 zone

Driver had their vehicle impounded

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

VIDEO: Plane crashes in Langley farm field (updated)

Plane lost power shortly after takeoff, RCMP told

Most Read