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Officer assaulted in firearm related incident

By CJ Goater Jan 9, 2024 | 1:12 PM

Thunder Bay Police vehicle - Acadia Broadcasting file

A 38-year-old man faces several charges after pointing a gun at a police officer during an overnight incident.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers were sent to the intersection of Egan and Leys Street just after midnight Monday morning, after receiving reports of a single vehicle stuck in a snowbank.

An officer located the vehicle and found the driver unresponsive. The vehicle, which was locked, was still running with its wheels turning.

The officer entered the vehicle through the passenger door which woke the driver up who then attempted to drive away before beginning to assault the officer. During the altercation, the suspect produced an apparent firearm and pointed it at the officer. The officer disarmed the suspect, but the suspect exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.

The suspect was eventually taken into custody after again attempting to resist arrest and transported to the police station for further testing.

Once the suspect was in custody it was discovered that the firearm was a replica.

The suspect was found to be in possession of suspected crack cocaine and suspected fentanyl, along with paraphernalia associated with drug trafficking.

The 38-year old is charged with:
• Operation of a Motor Vehicle While Impaired
• Operation of a Motor Vehicle While Prohibited
• Assaulting Police
• Obstructing Police
• Uttering Threats
• Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
• Carrying a Concealed Weapon
• Using a Firearm in the Commission of an Offence
• Pointing a Firearm
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x2

The accused appeared in bail court later Monday and was remanded into custody with a future appearance date.