THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Police had a full docket of incidents over the past twenty-four hours. There were four weapons offences, and four sexual assaults reported to police. In responding to one of the weapons offences, police officers were hit with pepper spray.
Police officers were dispatched to a weapons call about a male outside a McIntyre Street address with a handgun just before 4:00AMEDT on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013.
Thunder Bay Police Maced by Suspect
TBPS report, “When officers arrived they were met by a very upset male complainant who stated that a male had just broke a window in his residence with a machete. Officers located the male walking down the street with the machete in the 200 block of McIntyre Street. Officers drew their handguns and ordered the male to the ground. As the male was turning around he sprayed the officers with bear mace. The officers were able to gain control of the male and handcuff him without incident”.
Other officers entered the residence to check for another male with a handgun as originally stated in the call received by 911. There was no handgun involved in and there were no injuries in this incident.
The male was transported to the Balmoral Police Station where he was searched before being lodged in a cell. Officers located a quantity of a substance believed to be cocaine in his possession.
A 28 year old Thunder Bay man will appear in court facing charges of:
– Possession of Weapons for a Dangerous Purpose
– Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
– Possession of Prohibited Weapon while Prohibited
– Assault with a Weapon x2
– Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Mischief Under $5,000
– Breach of Probation
– Breach of Recognizance
– Breach of Undertaking
Using bear spray on a person will deem the device to be a prohibited weapon. In this situation when the officers were sprayed with the bear spray the male is being charged with Assault with a Weapon.