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2014-06-19 at 11:15

Police looking for man who pointed handgun at traffic on May Street

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By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- City police are looking for the man who was pointing a gun at traffic near May Street Wednesday.

In a news release issued by the Thunder Bay Police Service Thursday, police say two plain clothed officers were driving south on May Street Wednesday evening, approaching George Street, when they spotted a man on a sidewalk pointing a handgun at vehicles travelling along the street.

The officers approached the area in an unmarked police vehicle.

Officers then moved their vehicle out of the line of danger and began to approach the area on foot.

Police say the suspect, along with three others he was standing with, were gone when officers arrived.

Police believed the suspect had gone into a nearby building. Officers searched the building for the suspect and weapons.

Police did not find a suspect, but they did seize a replica BB handgun and a crossbow from an apartment on the first floor of the building.

An intoxicated 33-year-old man was inside the apartment, who was then arrested for breaching probation terms that prohibited him from drinking.

Police are now trying to identify the man who was pointing the gun at traffic.

The suspect is described as an Aboriginal man, standing five-feet-eight-inches tall with an average build. He wore a multicoloured baseball cap, black tanktop and dark-coloured pants at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information about who this male maybe is asked to contact the police at 684-1200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.tipsubmit.com.

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Mastermind says:
I am a little shocked that no SWAT was called. This after what just happened in Moncton? This could have been a copy cat trying to do the same thing.
Who made that decision at TBPS. Wow.
6/20/2014 9:35:40 AM
Cletus Van Damme says:
What the heck is wrong with this town???

.... out of knives?

6/19/2014 9:53:51 PM
yqt says:
Nope, just outta Syringes.
6/20/2014 10:10:13 AM
reese says:
So some one had a hand gun no reason to soil your diapers.There are a lot of them everywere
and there always will be get used to it
Unless the person has a reason they will not shoot you
6/19/2014 7:10:14 PM
dockboy says:
Whether it's real or not, that's bloody scary. If caught and convicted these people should receive a sentence similar to those who phone in bomb threats.
6/19/2014 4:50:35 PM
The Critic says:
According to the Thunder Bay Police media release, this darwin award candidate pointed it at the officers as well. In light of what just happened in Moncton I think this guy got pretty lucky when he made that decision, too bad he got away. I am glad the officers are safe in this situation though.

It is illegal to point a firearm or replica/BB gun/etc at another person in Canada. This carries a stiff mandatory minimum sentence although who knows how that would get applied if this fellow is caught and it turns out he had a rough childhood, is disenfranchised and marginalized in society, etc.
6/19/2014 6:20:47 PM
Papercut says:
Thank you to the Brave Officer's in this City! Your job is seemingly getting harder and harder.

I am surprised, however, that the SWAT team and K-9 unit wasn't called in to do a man-hunt.......unless they were pretty certain this pelet gun was "the gun"????

Scary to say the least.
6/19/2014 2:39:47 PM
fairlane says:
Right. So they should ignore all threats because random acts of violence only happens in big cities. Oh, wait...what about Moncton.

Give your head a shake.
6/19/2014 1:57:58 PM
chbaker says:
A handgun?

Like a REAL handgun?

I don't buy it.
Seems like a nice excuse to go door to door and score random charges from people in their homes.
6/19/2014 12:59:02 PM
enos012 says:
You are kidding right? You want the police to protect you and they had reports. Yet if they dont do anything and something happens you would be the first to point the finger at them. Frankly unless you are doing something illegal what do you have to worry about? They happened to find other illegal activitey and did what they were supposed to do.
6/19/2014 2:07:37 PM
Glyder says:
So, your willing to let the officers take a chance that it WASN'T a real handgun? Seriously? You do know that there are a lot of handguns in this city, right?

Even if it was only a replica, if the guy is pointing it at vehicles driving it could cause an accident. If I noticed a guy pointing a handgun at me while I was driving I would get the ($*% out of there ASAP.
6/19/2014 2:40:32 PM
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Thank you for the detailed and complete description!
6/19/2014 11:27:54 AM
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