Tavares, 51, is charged with careless use of a firearm. He was stopped after shots were fired at a Kelowna-area golf course.
Tavares is on leave from his job at the golf course while recovering from a brain injury suffered in a recent motorcycle crash.
Tavares said he was asked by his employer to use a shotgun to scare geese off the greens.
When Tavares was released from custody, he had a black eye and several scrapes on his face.