02/25/2013 08:15 EST | Updated 04/27/2013 05:12 EDT

Alleged Pistol-Whipping Leads To B.C. Weapons Cache

A 42-year-old West Vancouver man has been charged with eight offences after police responded to a domestic assault call and ended up seizing a large cache of guns and ammunition.

En Zhong Li appeared in North Vancouver Provincial Court Monday, where he was charged with one count of aggravated assault, one count of unlawful confinement, one count of careless use of a firearm and one count of using a firearm in the commission of an offence.

Li was also charged with four counts of storing a firearm contrary to regulations.

West Vancouver Police Department Const. Jeff Palmer said the charges stemmed from an investigation that began when police were called to a home in the 300 block of Moyne Drive Saturday night.

Palmer said police received a report of a domestic dispute in progress at around 11 p.m. PT. When officers arrived at the home, they found a 35-year-old woman with head injuries and other injuries.

Police say the woman claimed the injuries were the result of being hit with a firearm several times. Officers located and arrested the suspect in the home.

Police also obtained a search warrant, and then seized 28 firearms and "a substantial quantity of ammunition" that was found in the home.

The 35-year-old woman was taken to hospital and has since been released, police said.

Li remains in custody and will appear in court again Tuesday.

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