WHISTLER, B.C. - A group of bargoers pushed and tried to grab the gun of an RCMP officer and threw snowballs at cops trying to break up an unhappy crowd, police say.
Cops were called to a bar in the Creekside area of Whistler, B.C., at about 10 p.m. Saturday night when a bar reached its capacity and couldn't let in about 50 people waiting outside.
RCMP Sgt. Rob Knapton said the crowd became aggressive towards bar staff and cops were called in to help.
As police tried to disperse the crowd, a man overturned a nearby ski rack and was arrested for mischief, Knapton said.
During the arrest, the crowd gathered around three cops and encouraged the man to resist his arrest.
The group was yelling, Knapton said, and then escalated to pushing the officers and throwing snowballs.
Someone tried to take the gun out of one officer's holster.
An additional three officers were called in and used pepper spray to further disperse the crowd, Knapton said.
One of the officer's was taken to a clinic to be checked out, but nobody was injured, Knapton said.
The only charges laid were against the initial man, 23. He's charged with mischief, resisting arrest and causing a disturbance.
"Sometimes its best to leave well enough," Knapton said.
"Continuing in that unsafe environment could have put people's safety at risk."
This is a fairly unusual occurrence for Whistler, Knapton said, adding it's a family resort community where people just want to enjoy a vacation.
"We don't need that here. We're not looking for it."