Firearm found in vehicle of man with history of gunplay

A man who served time for opening fire on an adversary is back in custody after a loaded firearm was allegedly found in the vehicle he was driving.

Jamie Wade Fatum, 27, remains in custody following a bail hearing after he was arrested last Tuesday when Prince George RCMP spotted a vehicle with stolen licence plates in an Austin Road parking lot.

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The gun was found on the floorboard of the driver's seat, RCMP said.

The B.C. Prosecution Service has approved 11 mostly-firearms-related charges against Fatum, including removing a serial number from a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

A passenger was also arrested but later released without charge.

In April 2017, Fatum was sentenced to a further 2 1/2 years in prison, a year after he opened fire during a confrontation in the parking lot of a local apartment building.

The victim, who Fatum thought had stolen one of his guns and a friend's television, was hit at least twice with shots from a .22-calibre rifle. One of them lodged near the victim's spine and surgeons decided not to risk removing it while another shattered a rib. He also suffered wounds to his left flank, right upper arm and left bicep.

Fatum eventually pleaded guilty to reckless discharge of a firearm and was sentenced to four years, the mandatory minimum for the offence, less 510 days credit for time served prior to sentencing. He was also issued a 10-year firearms prohibition.

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