HUNTSVILLE — A case of mistaken identity that led to a Huntsville man being arrested ended up without gun charges following a bizarre incident Monday afternoon.
Provincial police at Huntsville say that on August 19, shortly 3 p.m, police got a 911 call about gun shots in the area of King William Street.
In the interest of public safety, the OPP said they were forced to close a number of streets and keep people away from the immediate area of the downtown report.
A Critical Incident Commander, a Crisis Negotiation Team, the Central Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) were staging in the area when the male exited a residence. Shortly before 6:30 p.m. a 33-year-old Huntsville man was taking into police custody.
Police seized two airsoft guns and a bear banger, a device to scare bears.
The bear distraction device was determined to be the noise witnesses thought to be gunfire.
As a result, investigators will not be filing further charges in relation to this incident.
The male remained in police custody until late last night due to outstanding arrest warrants from previous offences.
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