A 16 year-old male is facing weapons charges after two incidents last night, involving a loaded, sawed-off firearm.
On January 17, 2017, at approximately 9:30 p.m., police were in the area of 5th Avenue and Montague Street, when they were approached by a 33 year-old male, who said he’d just been challenged by a male with a gun in a nearby playground. An initial area search for the suspect was unsuccessful. A second call came in, from the 1300 block of Queen Street, where a 56 year-old woman reported that a male youth pointed a firearm at her and then ran away. Police searched the area and found a male, matching the descriptions of the suspect, walking between two houses in the 1400 block Wascana Street. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. It’s alleged the male had a loaded, sawed-off firearm in the waistband of his pants.
A 16 year old male, who cannot be named in accordance with the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is facing 17 charges:
- 2 x Use of a Firearm in the Commission of an Indictable Offence, s. 85(1)(a) CC;
- 2 x Careless Use of a Firearm, s. 86(1) CC;
- Point Firearm, s. 87 CC;
- 2 x Possession of a Weapon for a Purpose Dangerous to Public Peace, s. 88 CC;
- 2 x Carry Concealed Weapon, s. 90 CC;
- 2 x Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, s. 91(1) CC;
- 2 x Possession of a Loaded Firearm, s. 95(1) CC;
- 2 x Possession of a Firearm Obtained by Crime, s. 96(1) CC;
- 2 x Breach of Undertaking, s. 145(3) CC.
The accused will make his first court appearance on these charges in Youth Court at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, Wednesday, January 18, 2017.