Update – Four Arrested and Charged with Gun Offenses

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THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Police are continuing their efforts to fight crime in our city.

Thunder Bay Police Service has arrested and charged four people connected to reported sightings of firearms. The street was blocked off for several hours earlier today at Pearl Street and Cumberland Street.

Police with the Uniform Patrol Branch was originally dispatched to the 100 block of Cumberland Street North just after 4:30 am on Monday, January 27, 2020, following reports of a group who may have been in possession of firearms.

Thunder Bay Police Service on scene at Midtown Inn on Cumberland Street

Police arrived and almost immediately located the four suspect males who were likely connected to the original call for service.

Police spoke to one of the four males and confirmed that he was illegally in possession of a firearm, at which point he was arrested at the scene. A second male was also arrested for a firearms-related offence.

As the two men were being arrested, the other two suspects fled on foot in separate directions. Both suspects were located in the area later that morning.

Further investigation revealed that the group of males had been in a hallway at the Midtown Inn earlier that morning where they were observed brandishing what appeared to be two firearms.

Both firearms observed have since been seized by police.

A 17-year-old and a 20-year-old from Toronto, along with a 19-year-old and 30-year-old from Thunder Bay are all being charged with a number of weapons-related offenses. They are all expected to appear in bail court on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

More information may be released following that appearance.

A section of Pearl Street closed off by police during this investigation has been re-opened. However this evening at the intersection of Cumberland Street and Pearl, the intersection is closed due to a water main break.

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