Const. Michael McLaughlin


A Coquitlam man was in North Vancouver provincial court yesterday facing more than a dozen charges, including two counts of attempted murder, in connection with 2006 shootout that left a man paralyzed.


Anton “Tony” Ivanic, 22, is also facing four counts of arms trafficking and four counts of violating a court-imposed lifetime ban on possession of a firearm after police seized several weapons, including an AK-47.

“We should be extremely concerned when weapons like this are out in the public,” said North Vancouver RCMP Const. Michael McLaughlin. “These are prohibited for anyone other than police officers.”

Ivanic’s arrest comes after an eight-month investigation into a shootout in a stairwell of the International Plaza Building in North Vancouver on Oct. 25, 2006.

Two North Vancouver men, who were known to Ivanic and police, were shot.

Police are not saying why Ivanic allegedly targeted the men, nor are they releasing the names of the victims.

North Vancouver RCMP are also recommending four additional counts including possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.