A 30-year-old man is facing multiple charges in a volatile incident in Val Caron over the weekend in which he allegedly threatened to shoot both members of the public and police officers, and damaged a neighbour’s property with a machete.
Greater Sudbury Police say that at around 7 p.m. June 18, officers were dispatched to a residence on Fleming Street in Val Caron in relation to a weapons complaint.
Information provided was that a neighbour dispute had taken place that resulted in a man threatening to shoot community members outside of a residence.
The man then attended the residence with what was described as a machete, causing damage to the community member’s property.
Officers arrived in the area and set up containment of the man’s residence, as he had returned to his own home. Based on concerns for public safety, community members living in the area were asked to shelter in place while officers were on scene.
As a result of the high-risk nature of the incident, members of the GSPS Emergency Response Unit were brought in to attempt to de-escalate the situation and in order to ensure public safety.
Officers, with the assistance of a local psychiatrist, attempted to establish communications with the man, who had become increasingly aggressive and hostile, as the man was now threatening to shoot police on scene.
Based on the evolving incident and the risk to public and officer safety, detectives from the Major Crime Section of our Criminal Investigation Division applied for and were granted a Warrant to Enter Dwelling House.
Just before 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 19, members of the Emergency Response Unit made entry into the home and took the man into custody without incident.
The 30-year-old man was charged with the following offences under the Criminal Code of Canada;
- Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
- Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm x2
- Failure to Comply with Release Order
- Mischief Under $5,000
He was transported to Police Headquarters where he attended Weekend and Statutory Holiday (WASH) Court in order to answer to the charges.
As a result of the incident, Detectives applied for and were granted a Search Warrant of the residence, where they seized two firearms.
“We would like to thank the residents of Fleming Street and the surrounding area for their patience and co-operation throughout the incident,” said the GSPS press release. “We would also like to acknowledge and commend the officers on scene, including Patrol, ERU and CID, for their response that led to the peaceful resolution of a volatile situation.”