Saanich police and the Greater Victoria emergency response team raided an apartment on in Saanich after reports came in of a man wielding a number of weapons.
The team executed a search warrant in the 3200-block of Cook Street about 10 a.m. Saturday night, but nobody was home.
Police seized a sawed-off shotgun, brass knuckles and bear spray. The 35-year-old target of the raid turned himself over to Saanich police later on.
Saanich Sgt. Steve Eassie said descriptions of the weapons provided by witnesses led police to believe the man was illegally in possession of prohibited weapons. Sawed off shotguns are considered prohibited.
The man faces five weapons charges, including possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and has a court date in April.