Oliver man banned from firearms for life

Oliver man banned from firearms for life

Penticton court heard Monday how a high speed chase through Oliver last year nearly caused a traffic accident. (File photo)

A 31-year-old Oliver man has been banned from possessing firearms for the rest of his life.

Daniel Khafizov was sentenced to time already served for careless use of a firearm on Jan. 7 last year when he discharged a .22 calibre rifle through the ceiling of his basement suite on Road 11.

The court was told by Crown counsel that Khafizov heard voices in his head when he fired shots through his ceiling, nearly hitting someone sitting on a couch in another suite. In fact, the person on the couch saw a nearby pillow move and feathers come out of it.

An emergency response team was called to the residence, where a sniper was set up in case that intervention was required. But Khafizov was arrested without incident.

Police subsequently found the firearm under a piece of furniture. It was stated in court that the man had been taking drugs (and was hearing voices) at the time of the offence.

In addition to jail time already served, Khafizov must complete two years of probation.